Three-and-a-half per cent of the world's NAND flash output has been in advertently borked following a 30-minute power outage at a Samsung fabrication facility in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.
The power outage didn't just see production grind to halt, but also freid 'tens of thousands' of complete chips as a result of the interruption, according to reports in the Asia tech press.
Between 50,000 and 60,000 V-NAND (3D) wafers were damaged, which is around 11 per cent of Samsung's monthly yield.
At the moment, we live in a world where demand for NAND flash generally - but not always - outstrips supply and, as a result, consumer prices remain pinched.
However, this is probably not going to affect anything too much in the long term. First of all, because the type of V-NAND being built is of the storage type, rather than the memory type.
If it was memory, we'd start to see the price of devices go up. Storage-wise, so many PCs still use hard discs that the difference won't be as pronounced.
Secondly, the NAND business goes in peaks and troughs. It looks like this borkage took place during a trough, and as such there are supplies for the company to fall back on to meet demand.
Not that long ago, though, the plant would almost certainly have been in full steam ahead mode, preparing for the launch of the Samsung S9 and S9+.
With that internal order largely fulfilled, there's time to kick back as the next big order might not be until much later in the year - perhaps for the next iPhone or similar.
Samsung's external drives, meanwhile, are a tiny proportion of what it produces.
But this may serve as a reminder to everyone that memory is volatile and fragile, and it can be written off in large chunks - not normally this large, but it does happen.
If it happens, it can be enough to throw a flagship product into disarray or prices skyrocketing.
Much of the worlds hard discs are produced in Thailand and after the tsunami, we saw the price of HDD drives shoot up too.
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