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Electronic component shortages may last through 2011 via Chris

Memory chips and other fundamental components such as resistors and capacitors are in short supply after their makers slashed output, fired staff, put equipment purchases on hold or went out of business during the recession.

In contrast to what happened in 2001 after the crash, makers of components for the consumer electronics, telecoms, automotive and solar industries are not scrambling to meet short-term demand, risking another boom-and-bust cycle.

…”All of a sudden, you have a particular transistor that was made by three people in the world, and now there are two.”

Lots of folks in the open source kit biz are having trouble getting parts in a timely manner as well.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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