Wim Hendriksen is retired.

Opinion

Ohm’s Law and the chip shortage

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To lower the shortage of chips V or increase the additional chip supply I, roadblocks R need to be removed.

Even in retirement, the things I learned in school prove very useful. Take Ohm’s Law, V = I × R. It means: If you apply a voltage V over a resistance R, a current I will flow proportionally to the voltage. This law not only works for electricity but also for rivers and garden hoses. And for understanding the current worldwide shortage in semiconductors.

The shortage can be seen as a voltage V. Applying Ohm’s Law, a current I of additional chip supply starts running depending on the resistance R. Therefore, to speed up fixing the shortage, R must be lowered. In other words: get rid of the roadblocks.

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