Taiwan earthquake hits DRAM factory Micron, higher prices may result

Taiwan was hit by a earthquake with a power of 6.5 on the Richter scale at the epicenter. It was the strongest earthquake of the past year. Yesterday was marked by a second and third earthquake measuring 4.2 and 3.9 on the Richter scale in the south of the country. Bloomberg writes that a Micron dram factory was paralyzed by a fourth earthquake Monday.

The fourth earthquake struck near Yilan, Taiwan in the south, measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale. It has shut down a factory north of this earthquake in Taoyuan, according to a statement that Bloomberg received from Micron. Micron is still investigating how to get full production capacity up and running again.

Bloomberg quotes Evercore ISI analyst CJ Muse as saying in a report that if manufacturing is affected to any significant degree, it will likely be felt in tight chip inventory, which could push dram prices up. Microns Fab 11 in Taoyuan is according to Tom’s Hardware one of the two main production facilities in Taiwan. Last year, about 125,000 wafers per month passed through the factory, which was nearly 9% of dram’s global production capacity at the time.

Source: Bloomberg

Source: Hardware Info Compleet by nl.hardware.info.

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