We are in the midst of a global chip crisis. While there are some signs of recovery, prices remain high, availability low, and normalcy is not expected until 2023. Japanese electronic giant Canon says it will now go chip-less when making its ink toners for printers. This is a temporary measure until the chip shortage ends.
Until the chip market recovers, the company will not use chips in its toner cartridges. This will mean the company saves money on overpaying for chips or being unable to acquire them. When supplies recover the company plans to return to using chips. Canon says the first chip-less toners will start shipping in February.
“The global semiconductor chip shortage is impacting the supply of many electronic devices and some accessories. The impacted accessories include toner cartridge for Canon’s business printers and multifunction devices (MFDs)
[..] To ensure our customers don’t miss a print, Canon has innovated around the chip shortage to ensure that we can still supply the toner cartridges. Canon has started to manufacture chip-less toner cartridges. While there will be some inevitable, yet minor, changes to our customers’ experience, you will still be able to print as normal.”
If you are wondering what a chip does inside a toner cartridge, it serves several purposes. Firstly, it allows retailers and customers to confirm the product is a genuine Canon toner. It also serves to alert users when the ink levels are low.
While some of these benefits will be lost, the overall functionality of toners will remain with a chip.
Canon has been in the news recently when in October the company faced a lawsuit for disabling other printer functions when ink was low. For example, printers would not allow the scanning function when ink was out. Canon was accused of forcing customers into purchasing cartridges.
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