If you think 2020 is the worst year, in terms of availability of processors, graphics cards and consoles, 2021 could be even worse.

According to Digitimes, numerous semiconductor foundries around the world are preparing to raise the price of their 8-inch wafers starting from 2021. GlobalFoundries, UMC (United Microelectronics) and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) have already increased prices between 10 and 15 percent during the fourth quarter of 2020, and with forecasts of a new price increase of 20 to 40 percent for the next year.

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Although the price increase refers only to 8-inch (200 mm) wafers for now, but an imminent price increase in the semiconductor industry can be extrapolated based on the significant increases in labor costs, as TSMC already is planning to implement a 20 percent salary increase for its employees in 2021, and if we add that demand exceeds supply, then we have the perfect storm for price hike.