It always rains in the wet, or so it seems. Commercial tensions with Japan were not enough to complicate life for Samsung, now there are also production problems.
Some weeks ago, Samsung found a problem in one of his factories dedicated to DRAM memory production. According to the company, one contamination unspecified of the materials it has caused millions of dollars in damage.
Samsung claims to have solved the problems and that production has returned to normal. The company has not indicated the plant concerned, but according to ComputerBase it is one of the factories where the production of 200 mm wafers and 1x nm class DRAM memory takes place. The problem would therefore not involve the most modern 300 mm wafers.
Contaminated materials have influenced the processes of the entire factory. The consignments of contaminated wafers have been disposed of, causing economic damage quantifiable in several million dollars, although the amount is unclear given that Samsung initially limited itself to making estimates only.
At the beginning of this year, TSMC also suffered from contamination, with at least 10,000 wafers involved in losses of approximately $ 550 million.