Originally Posted by SystemTech
Ok im sorry for the ignorance, but :
1. how can a 13 minute outage effect a month and a half's supply? Why is production partially halted? Sure they would lose the wafers in production at that point in time, but would you not just reset everything, start a new wafer and all is back to normal?
2. If the fab's are that sensitive to a power outage, would you not have redundant power supplies. Generators/Batteries etc?
Just find this really odd.
I've read about this outage some time ago and I don't get it either.
Where I'm from we get outages for any reason, it's sunny, it's hot, it's nice calm weather too nice a day, it's raining, it's snowing, it's freezing, it's windy, any freakin' reason and they flip the power off and on, sometimes 10 min sometimes 10 hours.
Wafers take a long time to produce, months. I think CPUs are made in quarterly batches. Why don't they resume after 13min? Yeah... "politics", holding prices high, oligopoly. Surely they must have batteries and backup generators to keep essential critical parts of the fab running even if they can't probably power the whole thing if they don't have a power plant nearby, though for 13min? I don't see why they would not be able to. Or why not get two connections of electricity if they have some gigantic fab and that can't go offline or bloody hell build it next to a power plant huh? So after 13min products went bad and they have to clean the whole place up, discard everything that's not usable anymore and start over.
I don't know, imagine in 10 years, making one batch will not take 3 months but 12 months and oh no there was a power outage that year, sorry everyone no products for you next year! This is what they are trying to get to really.
As always these memory chips corporations in oligopolies are trying to find any "legal" reason/excuse to fix prices high, reduce production to increase profit by getting prices to sky rocket from a shortage.
Goes on almost every year with memory chips used for any purpose.