Chip giant TSMC restarted production after the earthquake.

Chip giant TSMC restarted production after the earthquake.

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In the statement made by the company, which is the world’s largest chip manufacturer, which announced that it evacuated some of its factories and suspended production as a precaution after yesterday’s earthquake, it was stated that the 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurred in the company’s factories in Hsinchu, Longtan and Jhunan science parks, according to Taiwan’s 7-level earthquake impact scale. It was stated that magnitude 5 was felt in the factories in Taichung and Tainan science parks, and magnitude 4 was felt.

It was stated in the statement that the factory in Hsinchu Science Park, 240 kilometers away from Hualien, the epicenter of the earthquake, was evacuated immediately after the earthquake, and that the employees returned to work today after the security inspections.

Precision lithography machines were not damaged

In the statement, it was emphasized that some equipment in the factories was damaged in the earthquake, but there was no damage to the extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) machines, which are key for the production of high-tech chips.

In the statement, it was noted that 70 percent of the hardware in TSMC’s chip facilities has become operational again, and it was stated that the newly established foundry no. 18 in Tainan is operating at 80 percent capacity.

The Taiwanese chip giant alone accounts for approximately two-thirds of global chip production.

Semiconductor chips and integrated circuits, which form the basis of many technologies from computers to smartphones, from aircraft to electric vehicles, from household goods to military hardware, are a key intermediate good for the global technology industry.

7.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurred in the city of Hualien on the east coast of Taiwan yesterday morning.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the epicenter of the earthquake was 18 kilometers south of the city of Hualien on the east coast of Taiwan.

Taiwan Central Meteorological Administration (CWA) announced the magnitude of the earthquake as 7.2 and stated that it was the strongest earthquake to hit Taiwan in the last 25 years.

In the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Jiji, 150 kilometers south of Taipei, on September 21, 1999 in Taiwan, approximately 2,400 people lost their lives, more than 100 thousand people were injured, and thousands of buildings were destroyed.

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