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U.S. tech industry braces for aftershocks from Japan disaster

Sharon Gaudin | March 17, 2011
With Japan devastated by last week's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, the business aftershocks may rock various parts of the tech industry for months to come.

* AMD does not have chip production facilities in Japan, but a business office in Tokyo received minor damage. AMD is fully operational there.

* Intel also does not have manufacturing facilities in Japan and reported that all of its employees there are safe.

* Analysts at iSuppli report that impacted components will include NAND flash memory, DRAM, microcontrollers, standard logic, LCD panels, and LCD parts and materials. Prices of chips, including NAND flash memory and DRAM, already have risen this week in the wake of the disaster.

* Sony announced that production has been suspended at eight of its facilities. The company reported that "several" facilities were affected by the quake and tsunami, and operations at "some" facilities were shut down because of power constraints.

* Austin-Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor reported that it has shut down a facility in Sendai, Japan, which manufactured flash memory embedded microcontrollers, analog/digital embedded microcontrollers, pressure sensors and acceleration sensors. Freescale had decided back in 2009 to close this particular fab so will continue to transfer production to other locations. The company noted that workers were evacuated safely.

* The Fujitsu Group reported that six of its plants have been damaged.


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