Tremors from the Japanese megaquake will be felt for years to come in all areas…but one of the more immediate effects will be on the video production and broadcast industries.
According to this article in Broadcast Engineering,
“About 20 percent of all semiconductors and 40 percent of all flash memory chips in the world are made in Japan.”
All of the professional broadcast/production industry manufacturers have been affected to some extent…from minor to severe…at least one facility disappearing in the tsunami. Check out the article.
And expect prices on electronics to rise as shortages of necessary components appear. I’m keeping an eye on announcements from NAB next month in Vegas to see how bad the repercussions will really be.