DRam fabrication plants in Taiwan were hit hard during the earthquake on 31 March, despite initial reports claiming that damage had been minimal.
Analysts believe that 20 to 30 per cent of DRam production was lost for a week to 10 days. This was due to internal furnace ruptures, which interrupted the production process.
Major DRam manufacturers affected were Nanya Technologies, Winbound Electronics, Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation and ProMOS Technologies.
Powerchip reported damage to 20 furnaces, which resulted in the loss of 5,000 to 6,000 chips, at a cost of around $300 each.
Nanya was said to have lost around 10,000 chips, Winbound between 5,000 and 6,000 and ProMOS 3,000 to 4,000.
But although DRam spot prices rose as a result of the earthquake, fears of chip shortages next month have been allayed.
The manufacturers are said to have accelerated production and Nanya has confirmed that its shipments will continue on schedule.
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