Apple chipmaker TSMC, which makes each Apple’s A-series and Apple Silicon chips, says that its manufacturing traces have been hit by a fuel leak. This has affected a few of its chip manufacturing — together with the superior chip fab used for upcoming iPhones and Macs.
“To make sure that there shall be no points with manufacturing high quality, TSMC is at present finishing up stringent follow-up operations,” TSMC stated. It advised Reuters that it doesn’t anticipate this to he a “important influence” on operations.
The manufacturing traces affected by the “contamination of gases used within the chipmaking course of” are situated in southern Taiwan.
TSMC, quick for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, is the world’s largest contract chipmaker. Apple is its largest and most well-known consumer. The 2 firms have labored collectively for a few years.
Whereas most of that relationship has been very constructive — with a mix of cutting-edge chip know-how and prime quality, polished manufacturing — there have been a number of hiccups over time. In 2018, a pc virus contaminated the fabrication instruments and computer systems used at TSMC’s factories. It has additionally beforehand sued an ex-employee for leaking R&D secrets and techniques to rival chipmakers, thereby permitting them to catch up.
TSMC lately obtained approval for a brand new plant in Taiwan. Will probably be devoted to constructing next-generation 2-nanometer chips for future gadgets.