rsdio writes: Everyone on the web – and even on the street! – is talking about Japan’s multiple disasters. Here is some news from the technical front:
After a preliminary assessment, Texas Instruments … today said its manufacturing site in Miho, Japan, about 40 miles northeast of Tokyo, suffered substantial damage during last Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake.
TI is moving quickly to shift production to other fabs and so far has identified alternate manufacturing sites for about 60 percent of Miho’s wafer production. Work is underway to increase this percentage by moving the production of additional products.
Specific damage at Miho includes the following:
* The infrastructure systems that deliver chemicals, gases, water and air were damaged, and repairs should be complete in about three weeks.
* Impact to the manufacturing equipment is unclear until continuous power is available from the electric utility.
* Work-in-process was damaged, and the current assumption is that about 40 percent of it can be recovered to support customers.
* The Miho building itself suffered little damage and remains structurally sound.
Via the forum