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Global Chip Maker TSMC Threatened by Taiwan Water Crisis

Global Chip Maker TSMC Threatened by Taiwan Water Crisis
Chip manufacturers in Taiwan, including TSMC, are buying water by the truckload for some of their foundries, as the island widens restrictions on water supply amid a drought that could worsen the global chip crunch. Taiwan, one of the world's biggest producers of chips, had promised to help the US, Germany and Japan by bridging the shortage of auto chips, but some auto chip makers have already been forced to reduce production. A key hub in the global technology supply chain for giants such as Apple Inc, Taiwan has started to further reduce water supply for factories in central and...

Severe Weather Halts Production at Texas Chip Plants

Severe Weather Halts Production at Texas Chip Plants
Severe weather conditions in the US state of Texas over the last ten days have closed down chip manufacturing locations, including semiconductor production at three of the US’ main suppliers based in Austin: Infineon, NXP and Samsung Electronics. Those closures compound the current shortage in the supply of semiconductors to the automotive industry, which is affecting production. Texas is facing historically cold weather conditions, leading to blackouts across the state, cutting power to 4m people. Energy providers are focusing on securing supply to residential and healthcare customers, and have asked manufacturers to reduce or suspend output during the storm. Semiconductor...

Poor quality control leads to suspicion of counterfeit products...

Poor quality control leads to suspicion of counterfeit products...
If the chip manufacturers cannot produce products with consistent quality it really makes a distributors life difficult. You would expect exceptional levels of quality control throughout the manufacturing process of a six sigma (statistically) integrated circuit manufacturer. Wouldn't you? In the fight against counterfeit electronics we leave no stone unturned even when buying verified traceable stock. Here's an example of an ST Microelectronics part where the quality of the product label brought into question the quality of the parts. We received 2 lines of the same part number with 1 week between their date codes: Date code 1502 seal date...

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