Mexico venture into the development of semiconductor chips —used in all technological devices, from mobile phones to automobiles—hand in hand with US technology internetl, announced the Economics Minister (SE).
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In view of the increasing demand for electronic devices as technology advances, semiconductors are necessary components for the industry, SE boss Tatiana Clouthier said at a press conference.
That decline in production these components and increasing demand for technology products such as computers, mobile phones and other devices, a Shortage of semiconductor chips.
In this context, the head of the SE stated that the aim was to mitigate the effects of the said agreement. “As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic forces us to protect ourselves from future circumstancescommented Clouthier.
According to the secretary, the agreement with Intel is up generate more staff training in this areafor which the Mexican government will expand its educational offerings – in a first stage through the Conalep in Jalisco— while the American company brings in its employees and its expertise.
Jesús Palomino, director of Intel’s design center in Guadalajara, commented on the company plans to invest $8 million to modernize its labs and hire 200 engineersfor which the cooperation agreement begins in the state of Jalisco.
On the other hand, Santiago Cardona, general manager of Intel Mexico, highlighted this Mexico is involved in five of the six phases of chip productionwhile many countries do not do so in any of them.
On the current bottleneck of various industries due to the imbalance between semiconductor demand and production, Cardona predicts it will take until 2023 for the market to normalizeAt least in the auto industry.
In the country, several plants from various automotive groups had to give way Cessation of production due to shortage of chips. Clouthier also noted that in some cases the installers chose to do so reduce the amount of semiconductors they use for each vehicleeven if this implies removing some features from the model.
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The production of these components was severely affected from 2020 while the lockdown was extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the increasing demand for technological devices. On the other hand, the war between Russia and Ukraine that began last February exacerbated the difficulties producers faced in meeting demand.
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