Thanksgiving is coming up. Because of the pandemic, I haven’t been on holiday in two years. This time I will finally be going to a family reunion at Lake Tahoe. Congratulations to everyone on this good family holiday and I wish you peace, goodness and prosperity.
About the pandemic.
The PC industry has recently suffered from a global shortage of semiconductors and electronic components. This has led to a significant increase in production lead times from the usual 30 days to 3+ months.
In addition, pandemics are also affecting global air and ocean freight. The normal shipping time of 21 days for a sea container from Asia to the US can now take up to 100 days, a 3-day air shipment can now take up to 15 days and the cost of shipping is 600% higher than usual, whether by sea or by air.
Despite this, we all work hard to meet our customers’ needs. We manage to deliver their orders on time (although extended, of course). The pandemic period, despite all the grief, loss and inconvenience, taught us that all of us (businesses and individuals) must support each other and do our best to deal with the consequences of the pandemic.
Intel is releasing a new 12th generation Core i9/i7 family that supports DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0 buses. But we haven’t yet seen PCIe 5.0 Graphics and PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs. DDR5 memory is not yet widespread and will have a higher initial cost than DDR4, but it’s worth it for those who need the fastest access applications. However, true memory performance should be achieved on the Xeon-W class workstations coming out next year, which will have 8-channel I/O for DDR5 memory to make the most of it. Hopefully NVMe 5.0 will also be available to pair with it next year as well as graphics cards.
We’ll bring you more information soon.