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AMD says chip shortage will end next year


The scarcity of these chips that hit the technology industry is slowly starting to be overcome. According to the CEO of semiconductor company AMD, Lisa Su, this crisis will begin to subside in the second half of 2022. However, Su warns that supply in the first half of 2022 will be very tight. Chip manufacturers will still try to meet market demand that had stalled due to the pandemic. Some manufacturers are planning to add new factories to make up for the shortage of PC components and other microchips. However, Su said the factories would only start producing chips in the next few months. "We always go through an ups and downs cycle, where demand exceeds supply, or vice versa.

Su said the recovery would take place gradually once more production capacity became available. The chip shortage crisis was triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic that hit the world. At the beginning of the pandemic, the need for PCs increased sharply because most of the world's population was encouraged to work and do activities at home to minimize the spread of Covid-19. As a result, the demand for chips also increased.

Although conditions and the economy is gradually recovering and returning to normal, Su said demand for chips remains high. Scarcity also spreads to other industries, such as automotive. In the midst of the crisis, AMD's shares have actually crept up more than 120 percent since the beginning of 2020 to more than 108 US dollars or around Rp. 1.5 million.

AMD does not manufacture its own chips. They partner with third parties in the form of other chip manufacturers such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for the production process. As Su predicted, research firm IDC also predicts the semiconductor market will return to normal in mid-2022. Not only will it return to normal, IDC predicts that the chip stock will be abundant, even oversuppy in 2023. This is due to massive capacity additions at the end of 2022. IDC expects the semiconductor market to grow 17.3 percent by the end of this year, higher than in 2020. which grew 10.8 percent.

There is a Dangerous Security Vault, AMD Ryzen Laptop Owners Must Update

Users of laptops and desktop computers powered by AMD's Ryzen processors are encouraged to update drivers as soon as possible. The reason is that there are system security holes or malicious bugs in AMD Ryzen processors that allow hackers to steal sensitive user information, such as passwords, from computer memory. This is revealed in a recent report by Kyriakos Economou, co-founder of security research firm ZeroPeril. In its report, Economou mentions that this dangerous bug affects all Ryzen processors in both laptops and desktop PCs, as well as several AMD processors from the previous generation.

AMD itself is aware of this dangerous bug and has released a new driver update last August. However, at that time it was still not explained what kind of security holes were fixed. Compiled from AMD's official website, the bug that has the code CVE-2021-26333 has been patched through the AMD Platform Security Processor (PSP) driver update version This update is part of the AMD Chipset Driver

Computer users with Ryzen processors are also advised to immediately install related driver updates so that they are not affected by this vulnerability. This driver update is available via Windows Update. In its report, Economou explained that the bug coded CVE-2021-26333 was attacking AMD's Platform Security Processor (PSP) chipset driver. The PSP itself is known to work with the operating system to store sensitive information in secure parts of memory, such as parts of memory that only administrators can access.

However, with the CVE-2021-26333 bug, other users who don't actually have access can exploit the driver to access sensitive information stored in memory.

According to the same report, this bug also allows attackers to exploit kernel address space layout randomization (KASLR). With this exploit, attackers can steal sensitive information such as passwords and gain wider permissions on the network. List of affected AMD processors On its official website AMD details a list of 32 processor series affected by the security vulnerability coded CVE-2021-26333, as follows. 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Graphics 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors 6th Generation AMD A series CPU with Radeon™ Graphics 6th Generation AMD A-Series Mobile Processor 6th Generation AMD FX APU with Radeon™ R7 Graphics 7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs 7th Generation AMD A-Series Mobile Processor 7th Generation AMD E-Series Mobile Processor AMD A4-Series APU with Radeon Graphics AMD A6 APU with Radeon R5 Graphics AMD A8 APU with Radeon R6 Graphics AMD A10 APU with Radeon R6 Graphics AMD 3000 Series Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Graphics AMD Athlon 3000 Series Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Graphics AMD Athlon Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Graphics AMD Athlon X4 Processor AMD Athlon™ 3000 Series Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Graphics AMD Athlon™ X4 Processor AMD E1-Series APU with Radeon Graphics AMD Ryzen™ 1000 series Processor AMD Ryzen™ 2000 series Desktop Processor AMD Ryzen™ 2000 series Mobile Processor AMD R yzen™ 3000 Series Desktop Processor AMD Ryzen™ 3000 series Mobile Processor with Radeon™ Graphics AMD Ryzen™ 3000 series Mobile Processor AMD Ryzen™ 4000 Series Desktop Processor with Radeon™ Graphics AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series Desktop Processor AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series Desktop Processor with Radeon™ Graphics AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Graphics AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO Processor AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processor How to update AMD Ryzen drivers to the latest version As compiled by KompasTekno from DigitalTrends, Tuesday (21/9/2021), This security vulnerability affects the computer's motherboard chipset, so it doesn't affect users who only have AMD Radeon graphics cards without Ryzen CPUs. Also read: AMD Makes PlayStation 5 PC Version If you have a laptop or desktop PC with an AMD processor listed above, then the user is obliged to update the driver. Before that, users can check their driver version with this step: Press Windows key + X Select "Device Manager" > expand "Security Devices" > right click on "AMD PSP" > then select the "Driver" tab. There, the user can see the version of his driver. The safe and latest version of AMD PSP driver is, which is part of AMD Chipset Driver If the driver version turns out to be older, the user must update it as soon as possible.

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