TL;DR: Just when you thought the global semiconductor shortage couldn’t get any worse, we’re now hearing that the winter storm in Texas last month has left chip makers in the area dealing with the consequences of temporarily shutting down their fabs. It will take several weeks before production can restart, exacerbating the ongoing industry problems and possibly leading to more price hikes for some products. As reported by Reuters , Samsung, NXP Semiconductors, and Infineon Technologies were all ordered to close their factories in Austin, Texas, last month so power could be prioritized for people’s homes, a result of the winter storm that killed at least 21 people. As we’ve seen in the past , even the slightest disruption in a fabrication plant’s power can have far-reaching consequences, given the time and money required to restart manufacturing. “Chipmakers now have the power, water, and gas they need to operate, but they need time to restart tools and clean the factories,” said Edward Latson, CEO of the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association. Tesla’s Austin Gigafactory during the storm. The company is one of Samsung’s chip customers. Samsung confirmed that it “may require more time to reach normal levels as we inspect and… Read full this story
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