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Taiwan Earthquake Disrupts Chip Industry Supply

Wed 03 Apr 2024 | 11:12 PM
Taarek Refaat

The 7.4-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan affected the technology industry and raised concerns about possible disruptions in global chip production, as it forced the major Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to evacuate most of its workers from its factory, amid growing fears of a return to the semiconductor shortage crisis. 

While TSMC maintains that its workers are safe and that initial inspections did not reveal any major damage, a full assessment is still underway. The company's safety protocols have led to evacuations, which could cause production delays.

This news comes at a time when the world is already experiencing a chip shortage. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in the global supply chain, leading to significant shortages of semiconductors used in manufacturing everything from smartphones to supercomputers.

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The challenges facing TSMC, the world's largest chipmaker, could increase pressure on supply chains and affect the productivity of major technology companies such as Apple and NVIDIA, which rely on TSMC chips for manufacturing. However, idling its factories for an extended period could lead to higher prices for consumers as chip scarcity worsens.

The quake also highlights the danger of over-reliance on one region for chip production. Taiwan's geographical location makes it vulnerable to frequent earthquakes. Calls to diversify manufacturing locations have increased in recent years, especially in light of ongoing tensions between Taiwan and China.

While the immediate impact of the quake appears minimal, technology companies are watching closely while TSMC assesses the situation. Any delay in production could exacerbate the existing chip shortage and have a ripple effect on consumers around the world.