Can We Conquer Semiconductor Constraints?
This past week, President Biden signed yet another executive order on the subject of the nation’s supply chains. This latest directive is related to the global shortage of semiconductors, which engineers need to control the electrical properties and behavior of certain materials during manufacturing. The shortage is complicating the production of cars and trucks; personal computers, digital cameras and many other consumer products; household appliances, such as smart refrigerators and washing machines; and countless other common items. In fact, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association, semiconductors are central to “everything that’s modern or electronic.”