Samsung Foundry, Infineon Technologies, and NXP Semiconductors have not yet restarted operating their fabs in Austin, Texas, area as they need time to clean them up and configure them again. The idling fabs will further contribute to the ongoing global shortage of chips, which could affect the pricing of final products, such as SSDs. Due to power outages caused by unprecedentedly cold weather and a winter storm, the Austin Energy power grid asked its biggest consumers, such as Samsung Foundry and other makers of semiconductors, to temporarily shut down their fabs in a bid to ensure that enough power was supplied to homes last month. While it is possible to briefly turn off a chip production facility, it is extremely hard to restart it. “Chipmakers now have the power, water, and gas they need to operate, but they need time to restart tools and clean the factories,” said Edward Latson, CEO of the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association, reports Reuters . Samsung Foundry confirmed to Tom’s Hardware that its S2 fab has not yet resumed normal operations. “While we are currently making efforts to resume operations as soon as possible, the process may require more time to reach normal levels as… Read full this story
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