“Little Impact on Taiwan’s semiconductor industry” after earthquake.

Hardware enthusiasts, fret not: Taiwan’s semiconductor industry has announced that the recent quake will not pose any substantial harm on their production or manufacturing capabilities, so you can still get your favourite chips without much issue.

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Rising prices are never welcome with consumers, and even more so for the hardware enthusiasts, who can and are willing to spend top dollar for the ideal hardware coponents to assemble the machine of their choice.

And when an earthquake hits Taiwan, where major semiconductor companies are currently operating, fears about schedule disruptions and supply shortages usually surface.

However, hardware enthusiasts can rest easy: Taiwan’s semiconductor manufacturers have all released statements that their manufacturing and production capabilities have not been substantially affected by yesterday’s earthquake, which struck the southern part of the island at about 8.18am Taiwan time and measured 6.4 on the Richter scale.

TSMC, the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, reported that the earthquake only caused approximately 1.5 days of production loss.

“Our initial estimate is that the earthquake caused the equivalent of
1.5 days loss of wafer movement for the company in total,” said TSMC in a statement.

Rival UMC also reported a 1-1.5 day loss in production, stating that manufacturing output will be increased in its Singapore facility to close and minimize the production gap caused by the earthquake.

‘The company will adjust manufacturing upward at Fab12i in Singapore and
close any production gap once Fab12A resumes full production in order
to minimize the approximately 1~1.5 days accumulated production
impact,” said United Microelectronics Corp.

Meanwhile, DRAM maker Inotera says that the earthquake had not caused any “significant impact on the Company’s finance and business”,

With that being the case, it seems that hardware prices should remain stable, at least, for the time being.

Source: X-bit labs

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