Power outage hampers Samsung NAND production – 60,000 wafers damaged

Power outage hampers Samsung NAND production - 60,000 wafers damaged

Power outage hampers Samsung NAND production – 60,000 wafers damaged

Reports from both Taiwan and South Korea have claimed that Samsung’s Pyeongtaek NAND fab has experienced a significant power outage, an event which lasted for 30 minutes and has reportedly had a catastrophic effect on production. 

These facilities run on state of the art hardware, creating circuitry that is too small for the naked eye to see, making any form of disruption potentially damaging. There is a reason why these facilities require clean rooms. While the outage reportedly lasted a mere half an hour, the damage this event has caused can be measured in a cost per second scale, damaging up to 60,000 silicon wafers. 

According to early reports, this damage can account for as much as 11% of Samsung’s monthly NAND flash output, which is around 3.5% of global NAND production, not good news for the already strained NAND market. 

Samsung is aggressively expanding their NAND output, which means that this supply shortfall will be addressed in the coming months as the company’s new facilities and expansions come online, though in the short term this even could increase the price of NAND. 

  

Power outage hampers Samsung NAND production - 60,000 wafers damaged

In recent months the NAND market has begun to stabilise and SSD pricing is starting to become more reasonable, with the promise of increased production in the future making the future appear bright for the SSD market, at least from a consumer perspective.

Let’s just hope that the same stability will return to the DRAM market in the near future, as we need PCs to start becoming cheaper to build again.

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