Micron's fab goes offline for one hour, DRAM prices go up

# 04 December 2020 17:05 (UTC +04:00)

One of Micron's fabs in Taiwan went offline on Thursday, which startled the market and sent memory spot prices upwards due to supply uncertainty. As a result, while the impact of the disruption is unclear, Micron's stock upticked. The fab typically pumps out approximately 8.8% of the global DRAM supply, APA-Economics reports citing Tomshardware.

Micron's Fab 11, located near Taoyuan City, was taken offline by an unexpected power outage that lasted for a little over an hour. According to United News, the factory immediately activated its safety mechanisms and procedures to avoid casualties and minimize losses. After the power supply resumed, the factory restarted, and the company is now assessing the consequences of the outage.

Micron Technology Taiwan's fab near Taoyuan — which used to belong to Inotera, a DRAM maker that Micron took over several years ago — is one of Micron's two major DRAM production facilities in Taiwan. The other one is located near Taichung.

Production capacity of Micron's Fab 11 near Taoyuan is about 125,000 wafer starts per month, which represents about 8.8% of the global DRAM supply, reports United News citing TrendForce. The production facility mostly makes DDR4 and LPDDR4 memory using 10 nm-class process technologies.