First, the bad news: The semiconductor chip shortage roiling the auto industry is a look into the future.
It has impacted all facets of the industry, including human-machine interface (HMI) development teams and those companies who are part of the embedded user interface supply chain.
Since HMIs – with their requisite animation and graphics – are compute-intensive, they require the microprocessors and memory devices currently in such short supply.
The shortage began when the pandemic temporarily shut down auto production last year, causing chip manufacturers to shift their focus to sectors such as consumer electronics. Because of stronger-than-expected recovery in