TSMC, sole maker of the iPhone’s main processor, said a number of its fabrication tools had been infected
Neighbourhood Technology Desk/Avi Arya: A computer virus halted several Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing factories, dealing the company one of its most severe disruptions as it ramps up chip-making for Apple Inc.’s next iPhones. Sole maker of the iPhone’s main processor said that a number of its fabrication tools had been infected, and while it contained the problem and resumed some production, several of its factories won’t restart till at least Sunday.
It’s unclear who targeted TSMC, the world’s biggest contract manufacturer of chips for companies including Apple and Qualcomm Inc. It’s the first time a virus had ever brought down a TSMC facility, recalling the Wanna Cry cyber-attacks of 2017 that forced corporations around the world to suspend operations as they rooted out the ransomware. Incident comes weeks after TSMC cheered investors with a rosy outlook for smartphone demand in the latter half of the year. Helping the market look past a reduced revenue outlook. A bellwether for the chip industry as well as an early indicator of iPhone demand, it heads into its busiest quarters grappling with waning enthusiasm for the high-powered chips used to mine digital currencies.