According to reports, a power outage occurred on the 14th at TSMC’s fab 14 in the Southern Taiwan Science Park, causing the foundry to halt part of its 40nm and other mature-node chip production.

After the power outage, TSMC issued an emergency statement stating that the diesel generator had been used to restore power immediately after the power outage.

The industry estimates that 30,000 wafers were affected by the power outage and the loss amount was approximately NT$1 billion (approximately US$35 million).

Industry insiders pointed out that the 30,000 wafers affected by the power outage may not all be scrapped. However, the specific damage still needs to wait for further evaluation by TSMC.