Sunday, 19 August, 2018


IPhone Supplier TSMC Shut Down Several Factories After Computer Virus Hits Systems

iPhone chip maker TSMC fights virus at factories Virus shuts down key iPhone chip supplier | Bangkok Post: news
Melba Vasquez | 06 August, 2018, 21:27

A critical partner for the launch of the new iPhone the Company is able to volume produce of 7mm chips, which will drive performance while limiting energy usage in the new iPhones.

"TSMC has been attacked by viruses before, but this is the first time a virus attack has affected our production lines", said TSMC CFO Lora Ho to Bloomberg. Data integrity and confidential information was not compromised. AMD, Qualcomm, Nvidia, Xilinx and several ASIC developers are other 7nm chip customers of the foundry, the sources said. An Apple spokesperson didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday. "TSMC has taken actions to close this security gap and further strengthen security measures", TSMC said.

"Since TSMC indicated the delayed shipment from this incident will be recovered in the following quarter, we think there will be no meaningful impact on Apple's new coming iPhone", explains Fubon Research, predicting a delay of 1.5 million to 1.7 million next-generation A12 chips.

"Certain factories returned to normal in a short period of time, and we expect the others will return to normal in one day", the company said in its Saturday statement.

The company says the incident will cut third-quarter revenue by about 3 per cent. I can't imagine TSMC's partners are particularly happy but it does seem that things are to get back on track in the following quarter.

This leads us to speculate that the virus could have been introduced by a disgruntled employee who may have wanted a few extra days off work, but that's just our imagination running wild.

TSMC said the virus' spread didn't result from a hack, per se, but rather from human error during the installation of a new tool. To the big questions concerning the financial impact of the virus attack, and the production impact, the TSMC representative was reticent to answer.

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