Thursday, January 2nd 2020

Minute-long Power Outage at Samsung Plant Damages Millions Worth DRAM and NAND

A tiny minute-long power-outage halted production at a Samsung Electronics plant in Hwaseong, South Korea, according to a Reuters report citing Korean news agency Yonhap. This stopped some production lines of DRAM and NAND flash memory. A source with "direct knowledge of the matter" told Reuters that the outage likely caused millions of Dollars in losses to Samsung. Semiconductor manufacturing in general is a very power-sensitive process, and a stoppage at any of its manufacturing stages can result in wasted batches; not to mention the time lost to recovery. For instance, a 30-minute power outage in 2018 inflicted a $43.32 million loss to Samsung.

The cause of the power outage on Tuesday afternoon (31st December), is said to be a fault with a regional transmission cable. It will take Samsung up to two days (mid-Thursday) to get the production line rolling again. On the flipside, the resulting drop in output could help Samsung push out its swelling NAND flash and DRAM inventory, reports Yonhap, citing an analyst.
Source: Reuters
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52 Comments on Minute-long Power Outage at Samsung Plant Damages Millions Worth DRAM and NAND

#2
Capitan Harlock
I can't believe they don't have an emergency generator system just in case this happen.
They have the money for it so why not?
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#3
natr0n
There is no way a billion dollar company doesnt have some form of power loss protection if power goes out for a bit.
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#4
R-T-B
If it was so darn sensitive you'd think they'd protect it with a relatively cheap generator backup system, paid for with I dunno, record profits?

But that's crazy talk, I am sure.
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#5
BakerMan1971
New year new attempt to hike Ram prices
I agree with so many here, there is no way backup generators didn't kick in, if they didn't I am available for business continuity advice for a reasonable fee :D
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#7
dj-electric
Only a few millions of loss is something i'd expect Samsung to absorb without any issues...

I hope...
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#8
Imsochobo
Capitan Harlock
I can't believe they don't have an emergency generator system just in case this happen.
They have the money for it so why not?
we have that, power from grid.
own power plant
batteries.
emergency turbine generators.

Yet, in 2014 we had 1 hour of outage.

4 systems with good maintenance, tests and just one minor fault dragged the whole system down.
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#9
_JP_
"Alan! I had already plugged the heater here, you know the laser machine is on the same extension!! Did'ja really need to charge your tablet now??"
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#10
Paganstomp
I'm sure that for safety of the workers that the equipment goes into a forced powered down after a power failure.
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#11
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
I'm not really surprised. Downtime is detrimental to a business. Even a smaller business that measures revenue in the 2 to 10 million dollar a year range can easily hemorrhage tens of thousands of US dollars a day. For a business like Samsung where their revenue is something like 211 billion USD a year, a day of downtime could literally translate to a billion dollar loss.
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#12
Zach_01
This is a weird situation... I work in chemical industry (Crude oil refinery) where power is critical (over 30MW 24/7) and the entire complex is connected with 2 main power lines with different sources. When one fails the transfer mechanism is switching the power within a split second so the process is continuous.

Power generators (like diesels or other energy sourced) need some time to kick in.
I’m not saying that Samsung’s plant would need this amount of power but generators are not a solution for this kind of production, when every sec counts.
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#14
TheOne
So what you're saying is that if I want to buy RAM this year I need to do it now.
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#15
stimpy88
Well, they already threatened/promised a GDDR price rise for this year, probably due to the mass production of multiple new consoles, but I guess that was simply not enough billions for them.

I guess there will be a fire at another factory in the next few months...
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#16
cmmw
again... the "only legal way" for price-fixing and to raise the price... ya, oh no SSDs and RAMs are getting cheaper, we tried last summer... the attempt was not good enough... now... take it out for 2 days should work!
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#17
windwhirl
Oh, **** this!

Always the same thing every year!

EDIT: And sometimes, twice a year!
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#18
phill
Looks like I might have to order that RAM I was looking to get after all.... Damn it... :(
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#19
Bones
Right at year's end too - Way to begin efforts to increase revenue for it!

No, lack of any backup system with a process already known to be sensitive to any outage isn't even within the realm of sane.
They claim it cost them xxx millions the last time it happened, an investment in such a backup to prevent this from happening again is way cheaper than losing once more but it happened.... Or so they say.

Nope - I do not believe the reason for it, if it even happened at all is true.
It's them telling our wallets to open up, bend over and get ready for this year's ride.
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#20
bonehead123
dj-electric
Only a few millions of loss is something i'd expect Samsung to absorb without any issues...I hope...
Absorb yes, on the front end, sure....

But as we all know, what goes in the front end ALWAYS comes out the backside, in this case the backside being the consumer's wallets ....:mad:..:eek:...:cry:
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#21
Calmmo
Lessons on how to increase prices 101
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#22
cucker tarlson
I see price hikes

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#23
RH92
phill
Looks like I might have to order that RAM I was looking to get after all.... Damn it... :(


Got my Patriot Viper Steel 2x8 4000Mhz B-die kit last week , Samsung has nothing on me :roll:. This being said i sense some GDDR price hike which sucks for next gen GPUs .
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#24
kmetek
so memory prices are going up? only RAM?
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#25
Flyordie
RH92


Got my Patriot Viper Steel 2x8 4000Mhz B-die kit last week , Samsung has nothing on me :roll:. This being said i sense some GDDR price hike which sucks for next gen GPUs .
Only for those that upgrade often. I'll keep rocking my Vega64 for as long as its alive.
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