Taiwanese chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is Apple’s iPhone main component maker.
It’s currently recovering from a virus that crippled at least 80% of its manufacturing line last week.
TSMC restored most fabrication tools
TSMC company stated that it was able to restore most of its fabrication tools and it expects to be back on track today, says Bloomberg.
It’s not known what exactly TSMC was targeted by or which ones of the factories were hit.
The company has manufacturing facilities in Taiwan, mainland China and also in the U.S.
“TSMC has been attacked by viruses before, but this is the first time a virus attack has affected our production lines,” the company is quoted as saying.
“Certain factories returned to normal in a short period of time and we expect the others will return to normal in one day.”
Shipment delays and additional costs after the attack
Everything related to the subject is still pure speculation until the company comments upon this issue.
But so far, speculation points to the company getting attacked intentionally or unintentionally by a ransomware malware.
TSMS stated that it expects the incident to “cause shipment delays and additional costs.”
It also estimated a reduction to third-quarter revenue of about 3% and a hit to a gross profit margin of about 1%.
The company was founded in 1987, and it managed to become the go-to company for component manufacturing not only for Apple but also for Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Nvidia Corp., and Qualcomm Inc.
TSMC is currently the world’s largest independent semiconductor foundry, booking a profit of $11.6 billion back in 2017.
For Apple, TSMC is currently the exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s custom A-series chips that are used in its iPhone and iPad range, including the 7-nanometer A12 chip that is expected to be launched with the 2018 iPhone model in September 2018.