JAPANESE ELECTRONICS GIANT Toshiba's main NAND facility in Yokkaichi near Tokyo shut down only briefly due to the earthquake suffered by the island nation over the weekend.
The chipmaker supplies more than a third of the NAND flash memory chips used worldwide in devices like Apple's Ipad, according to Reuters.
"There was some loss of wafers, but operations have since resumed. They're currently operating and the overall impact still being assessed," Toshiba said.
Demand from Apple and other manufacturers for NAND flash memory used in mobile gadgets is already expected to rise this year.
Reuters also reported that, in a stroke of genius, some investors have speculated that chip prices will rise if global supplies are interrupted by continuing earthquakes and tsunamis. Those market speculators are just awe inspiring, aren't they?
In other earthquake related shutdowns, Sony shut six factories, two in Fukushima and four in Miyagi. These made laser diodes used in DVD, Blu-ray and CD ROM players and Playstations. Panasonic also halted production at its plants.
We are of course shocked and saddened by the devastating destruction, losses of thousands of lives, and large scale disruption that the earthquakes and tsunamis have wreaked upon Japan. µ
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