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Graphics Card Shipments To Improve Considerably By Summer of 2022, Report States Citing Improved ABF Substrate Capacities


Several sources within the GPU manufacturing industry have reported that shortages for computer components, especially around the graphics card markets, are expected to improve by the mid of 2022.

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A recent DigiTimes report shows that industry insiders are planning to see a shift in the summer of 2022.

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Over the last several years, manufacturers of graphics cards have depended on Ajinomoto Fine-Techno Company to produce Ajinomoto build-up films substrates or ABF substrates. Intel utilized these ABF substrates to connect to the company's PCB designs. The company used film-like insulation technology produced by Ajinomoto Company to develop more robust microprocessors.

However, the technology was around before the 1990s when Ajinomoto Fine-Techno Company first discovered the insulation material in the 1970s. Intel found that Intel needed the material's exceptional electrical insulation properties to push its technology forward. Since then, the ABF substrate technology has found use in most graphics card designs, as well as packaging for CPUs, chips, integrated networking circuits, automotive processors, and many more products. The dependency on the substrate insulation company was a fair amount of the stagnant move of graphic cards in the industry. AMD and Intel have promised their users that they will look into changing the dependency and helping the market begin anew.

We continue — on the substrate side in particular, I think, there has been underinvestment in the industry. So, we have taken the opportunity to invest in some substrate capacity dedicated to AMD, and that’ll be something that we continue to do going forward.

— Dr. Lisa Su, AMD CEO

Intel's Pat Gelsinger also appears to see optimism with the market:

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By partnering closely with our suppliers, we are creatively utilizing our internal assembly factory network to remove a major constraint in our substrate supply. Coming online in Q2, this capability will increase the availability of millions of units in 2021. It is a great example where the IDM model gives us flexibility to address the dynamic market.

— Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO

During the last few years, package production capacities and ABF substrates have diminished in supply due to demands for more computers and devices during the pandemic. ABF substrate suppliers, such as NanYa and Unimicron, both located in Taiwan, are doing what they can for manufacturers to help take some of the workloads off of Ajinomoto Fine-Techno Company in their manufacturing process. With the additional factories built to make sure this process comes to reality, the shortage looks like it will finally see the light this year.

Not all ABF substrate supply reports have shown the same results. Singapore's Business Times reported in September of 2021 that the ABF substrate supplies would stay halted until closer to 2025.

ASRock and TUL are partners with AMD and could be on par with Dr. Su's anticipation of the future graphics card manufacturing situation. It is under speculation that both ASRock and TUL can gain access to materials due to increasing payment through AMD.

News Source: Tomshardware