GREEN BAY (NBC 26): From cars to computers and toothbrushes, there are microchips everywhere and the COVID-19 pandemic has created a shortage of this technology.
“Now everything has a chip,” said Karl Reischl, director of technology at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. “Even with your little watch.”
The small piece of technology is causing big problems all over the world.
“It’s a lot of problems and challenges, from the lack of availability of people to send products to manufacture the products and even to assemble the products,” he said. “So it’s a top-down supply chain problem.”
NWTC feels the impact of microchip shortages, Reischl said.
“It’s been very close,” he said. “We are releasing some new programs that will be based on virtual reality, and we were striving to get the right laptops with the right chips to run high-end software.”
In hardware labs, students must understand all the components that make up a computer.
“They’ve done their part to get ahead in the background so that students can have the latest technology to work with,” said Molly Vollrath, a NWTC security analyst. “This is exceptionally important in a field where you have to stay all the time.”
Recovering from scarcity only depends on what each country decides, in terms of closing things down again, Vollrath said.
“Unfortunately it’s a matter of patience right now,” Vollrath said. “With supply and demand, you have to be patient that factories will continue to pump things into the industries you work for and be alert. In the supply chain and where they can get things to help you help. you “.
Despite a certain return to normalcy in recent months, as more and more people are vaccinated, the delta variant leads to an increasing number of cases of COVID-19 worldwide, according to these experts, the future of the shortage of microchips is still unclear.