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Taiwan tech operations are paralyzed
Nationwide power outage shuts off manufacturing
BY CECILIA KANG AND TOM QUINLAN Mercury News Staff Writers
The devastating earthquake that struck Taiwan early Tuesday has cut power to the high-technology manufacturing base at Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park, paralyzing operations at some of the world's largest chip production foundries and high-tech component makers.
With Taiwan still reeling from the heavy human toll the earthquake inflicted on the country -- with more than 1,700 dead and upwards of 100,000 homeless -- most U.S. companies have focused on locating employees based in Taiwan and making sure they were safe.
But with that task nearly complete, high-tech companies are starting to assess what impact the earthquake will have on their supply of semiconductors, components and finished products. Taiwan is a major source of the world's motherboards for personal computers, networking cards and an array of high-tech goods including cellular phones, and desktop and portable computers.
"To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle."
-- George Orwell
-- Brian E. Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 22, 1999
* * * 19990922 Wednesday
Paraphrasing from interview with ( female ) Deutsch (sp?) Bank Chip Market Analyst this morning (~9am) on CNBCfn:
* Earthquakes shake up loose and otherwise settled dust in the chip "clean room" assembly lines; must be "cleaned" up.
* It could take from 2-4 weeks--_AFTER POWER IS RESTORED_--for the chip equipment to be recalibrated to production tolerances!!
It sounds like they're out of business in Taiwan until mid to late October!
Regards, Bob Mangus
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-- Robert Mangus (email@example.com), September 22, 1999.
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Some other ripples, these from Floyd.
-- Jerry B (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 22, 1999.
Well, this whole earthquake thing is going to drive RAM and other semiconductor prices up uh-gain... As if RAM making a run from a $50- 60 price point for 128 MB PC100 to what, $250-ish now, wasn't bad enough. Might mark a return to the fifty-bucks-a-meg period eventually, but by then who'll care?
That aside, I hope everyone over there makes it through as okay as circumstances permit. I've seen my share of natural disasters and the suck-factor is high. Let's keep 'em in our prayers' folks, they're gonna need it...
That guy's posting again... Someone called him...
-- OddOne (email@example.com), September 22, 1999.