The recent Taiwanese earthquake could result in shortages of Sega's Dreamcast which was launched here last week.
The Dreamcast is built around an NEC PowerVR chip. The chipmaker has confirmed that some of its production lines were disrupted during the earthquake when it shook Taiwan.
Although the disruption was not a long one, analysts believe that Dreamcast's runaway sales may leave Sega with far fewer chips than it anticipated.
Both Sega and NEC denied that the earthquake will have any effect on supplies of the Dreamcast.
Both Compaq and Hewlett Packard, however, have admitted that delays in supplies from Taiwanese chip makers thanks to the quake will delay shipments of some of its PC lines.
Sega cannot afford to have its inventory of Dreamcast consoles run low if it wants to get back into the video-game market, worth close to $20 billion. Especially as Sony and Nintendo are gearing up to launch their next genertion consoles in 2000.
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