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Apple iPhone chipset maker TSMC shut down factories temporarily after virus attack

This is the first time a virus attack has forced TSMC to the shut down production temporarily

  • Published: August 5, 2018 11:59 AM IST

Image Credit: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

One of world’s largest chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) was reported to shut down its operation in several of its factories after being hit by a computer virus. The Chinese chip manufacturing company caters to a number of popular brands including NVIDIA, Qualcomm, AMD and even Apple. The company is currently said to be working on Apple’s A12 chipset as well, which is expected to power the new iPhones expected to be unveiled later this year.

According to Bloomberg’s report, the virus affected a number of its fabrication tools, but the degree of its infection varies from factory to factory. After investigating, the company seems to have resumed operations in some of its factories, with some expected to restart production later today. It was also reported that the virus wasn’t infested by a hacker.

While TSMC has been subject to virus attacks before, this is the first time it had to shut down production because of it. The company hasn’t disclosed which of its sites were affected or if any of them were involved with the manufacturing of Apple’s chipset. It also hasn’t revealed how much damage the disruption will be costing the company. More information will be provided on Monday.

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TSMC is the sole maker of the chipset used in Apple iPhones. It was reported back in May, that the company had started mass production of the A12 chipset, which is said to be first from Apple to use an 7nm process. The new format is touted to improve performance while also making the battery more efficient. It will be introduced in three Apple iPhones expected to launch in September.

  • Published Date: August 5, 2018 11:59 AM IST