TSMC Resumes Majority of Apple Chip Production Following Earthquake

Apple chip supplier TSMC has reportedly resumed most of its operations after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan's eastern coast on Wednesday.

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TSMC told Bloomberg that more than 80% of its chip production lines are operational again as of Thursday, and it said there has been no damage to its most critical equipment. More specifically, Taiwanese research firm TrendForce said that TSMC's 3nm, 4nm, and 5nm chip factories resumed more than 90% of their operations within hours after the earthquake, suggesting that Apple chip production has not been significantly impacted.

While this update from TSMC has been widely reported, Apple chip production is obviously the least of concerns following the earthquake, which has reportedly caused at least 10 deaths and over 1,000 injuries in Taiwan.

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Top Rated Comments

krspkbl Avatar
8 weeks ago
RIP to the people who sadly died and hope everyone is safe.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chouseworth Avatar
8 weeks ago
The Taiwanese, and especially TSMC, apparently did much in designing and constructing their facilities to anticipate earthquakes. A lesson for all in earhquake prone areas. Still, thoughts and prayers for all who died or were adversely affected.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Born Again Avatar
8 weeks ago
My heart goes out to those families who were impacted by the earthquake.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cocky jeremy Avatar
8 weeks ago

OK. OK. OK.

So my post yesterday about diversification was a bit premature, but I still think Apple should spend on chip development for alternatives, even if it means investing in Intel.
I don't think they need to diversify their suppliers. They just need to have their supplier put plants in other areas of the world to guard against a natural disaster, terrorist attack or something similar from cutting off supply.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vegetassj4 Avatar
8 weeks ago

The Taiwanese, and especially TSMC, apparently did much in designing and constructing their facilities to anticipate earthquakes. A lesson for all in earhquake prone areas. Still, thoughts and prayers for all who died or were adversely affected.
That reminds me of the design of Taipei 101 skyscraper. Good engineering and awesome aesthetics as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taipei_101#Structural_design

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2024/04/04/taipei-101-skyscraper-earthquakes-tallest-building-taiwan/73199013007/



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PeterKeller Avatar
8 weeks ago
They really have to diversify off a dangerous island threatened by both natural and CCP causes.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)