According to a report by Bloomberg, several factories of Apple supplier TSMC were forced to suspend production yesterday due to the invasion of computer viruses, but the details are still unclear. TSMC is increasing chip production for the new iPhone that will be launched this year.
TSMC explained in a statement that some of the factory's manufacturing tools have been infected. Although the problem has been controlled and some of the production work has been resumed, several of the company's factories will not start production until Sunday.
In addition, TSMC also added that the impact of the incident varies from factory to factory. The chip maker doesn't believe the virus was caused by hackers, but it's unclear who is responsible for it. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Chief Financial Officer Lora Ho said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg that this was not the first time TSMC had been attacked by a virus, but this was the first time TSMC had stopped production due to such attacks.
However, He Limei declined to elaborate on the specific impact of the suspension, including whether it affected the production of iPhone chips and the impact on revenue. As early as May, it was reported that TSMC has begun mass production of the 7-nanometer A12 processor, which seems to be used in this year's iPhone model.