TSMC stated on Monday that a number of the wafers it lately processed have decrease yields attributable to a chemical it makes use of throughout manufacturing. The corporate has initiated investigations and is at present in discussions with affected prospects, together with NVIDIA and Huawei, who’re responding to countermeasures.
The world's largest producer of wage chips indicated that the photoresist chemical utilized in its Fab 14B deviates from specs, leading to decrease yields for wafers. Nikkei Asian Evaluation stories that the manufacturing unit provides chips to numerous prospects, together with Huawei, NVIDIA and MediaTek, however fails to elucidate intimately which chips and the way important the income decline is.
TSMC hopes that the affected wafers will nonetheless be delivered within the first quarter, however some shipments must be postponed to the second quarter. The corporate examines the monetary implications of the issue and discusses remedial motion with its purchasers. Within the meantime, TSMC doesn’t anticipate Q1 monetary outcomes to be considerably completely different than anticipated, so the issue might not be too critical.
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