Over the weekend a computer virus attacks the operations of the Asian manufacturer that makes chips for the iPhone and other devices.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. on Sunday said that a virus that attacks them on Friday evening affected a number of computer systems and fab tools at its facilities in Taiwan. The attack cause shipment delays and create additional costs, the company said, as well as a 3 percent reduction in revenue and a 1 percent decline in gross margins in the third quarter.
TMSC on his statement said that “The degree of infection varied by fab, but 80 percent of the company’s tools affected by the bad software were recovered by Sunday and full recovery was expected by Monday”.
Possibly Delays iPhone Production
TSMC takes the A11 processor Apple used in the iPhone X, and it has been making the company’s A12 chip for its next generation of iPhones, which are expected to be release next month. is under probabilty if TSMC’s production schedule will affect the availability of the new iPhones.
But Kevin Krewell, principal analyst at Tirias Research, a research, analysis and advisory services firm based in Mesa, Arizona said: It’s hard to say if iPhone availability will be delayed, because TSMC hasn’t revealed which production lines the virus infected, said .
“My belief is that this was a transient issue and will not affect long-term production volumes,” he told TechNewsWorld.