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Semiconductor Fabs Facing Obstacles

3/18/2011 10:10:12 AM Eastern
New York - The ongoing aftershocks and power outages are hampering Japan's semiconductor industry, a HIS iSuppli report stated.

The research firm said semiconductor production automatically shuts down every time a 5 on the Richter scale or greater quake takes place. The company has listed 130 production facilities potentiall impacted by the initial and on-going quakes. (see chart below)

The U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazard Program indicates at least eight earthquakes with a strength of 5 or greater took place in the past 24 hours off the coast of Sendai.

IHS said there is some panic buying of semiconductors as OEMs try and stock up in case of a long-term shut down in manufacturing.

IHS tempered its outlook. Worldwide semiconductor inventory had risen to a 2.5-year high in the months leading up to the disaster.

"Although not completely compensating for supply disruptions from Japan, these excessive inventories may provide some cushion for global semiconductor supply," the report stated.

Other semiconductor-related problems that could arise under the current conditions in Japan are the inadvertent release of dangerous chemicals used in semiconductor production, IHS said. An unexpected power outage could lead to an explosion or release of poisonous material, so IHS believes companies will suspend operations to maintain a safe environment. 
 
 Locations of Japan Semiconductor Manufacturing (not including R&D)
 CompanyProduct TechnologyLocation
1Elpida Memory IncorporatedMemoryHiroshima
2FreescaleLogicSendai
3FujitsuMemory, Analog, DiscreteAizu Wakamatsu
4FujitsuLogicAkiruno
5FujitsuMemory, MicrocomponentIwate
6FujitsuMicrocomponent, LogicMie
7FujitsuMicrocomponent, LogicMie
8Matsushita / PanasonicMicrocomponent, Logic, Analog, DiscreteArai
9Matsushita / PanasonicDiscreteBizen
10Matsushita / PanasonicDiscreteHioki
11Matsushita / PanasonicDiscreteKyoto
12Matsushita / PanasonicAnalog, DiscreteNagaokakyoushi
13Matsushita / PanasonicMicrocomponent, LogicTonami
14Matsushita / PanasonicLogic, AnalogUozu
15Matsushita / PanasonicDiscreteUtsunomiya
16Micron TechnologiesOpticalNishiwaki
17MitsubishiAnalogKumamoto
18MitsumiAnalogKita-Nihon
19ON SemiconductorLogicAizu
20ON SemiconductorLogic, DiscreteGifu
21ON SemiconductorLogic, DiscreteGunma
22ON SemiconductorLogic, AnalogOjyia
23Renesas ElectronicsLogicGoshogawara, Aomori
24Renesas ElectronicsMemory, Microcomponent, LogicHitachinaka, Ibaragi
25Renesas ElectronicsLogic, Analog, DiscreteKansai
26Renesas ElectronicsMicrocomponentsKita-Nihon
27Renesas ElectronicsMicrocomponentsKochi
28Renesas ElectronicsMicrocomponent, Logic, Analog, DiscreteKoufu
29Renesas ElectronicsMemory, Microcomponent, Logic, AnalogKyuhu
30Renesas ElectronicsMemory, Microcomponent, LogicSaijo
31Renesas ElectronicsAnalog, DiscreteTakasaki
32Renesas ElectronicsLogicTsuruoka
33RohmMemory, Analog, DiscreteChikugo
34RohmLogicHamamatsu
35RohmMemory, Logic, DiscreteKyoto
36RohmLogic, DiscreteMiyagi
37RohmDiscreteMiyazaki
38RohmLogicTsukuba
39Sieko-EpsonLogic, OpticalYasu
40Sony SemiconductorLogic, AnalogKyushu Kagoshima
41Sony SemiconductorLogicKyushu Kumamoto
42Sony SemiconductorMemory, Microcomponent, LogicKyushu Nagasaki
43Sony SemiconductorLogicShiraishi
44Texas InstrumentsAnalogHiji
45Texas InstrumentsAnalogInashiki
46ToshibaDiscreteHyogo (Himeji)
47ToshibaDiscreteIshikawa (Nomi)
48ToshibaDiscreteIwate
49ToshibaMemory, AnalogMie (Yokkaichi)
50ToshibaLogicNagasaki
51ToshibaLogicOita
    
1PhenitecFoundryIbara, Japan
2UMCJFoundryTateyama, Japan

 
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