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Samsung's US chip plant halt dents global smartphone output 5%

Monthlong shutdown cuts supply to Qualcomm and Apple: Taiwan research firm

Samsung Electronics produces key smartphone components at its chip fabrication facility in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jared Tennant/Samsung)

SEOUL -- The prolonged shutdown of Samsung Electronics' chip fabrication plant in the U.S. state of Texas will reduce global smartphone production by 5% in the second quarter of this year, says Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.

Operations at the Austin plant were halted a month ago Tuesday amid a record-breaking cold snap in the southern U.S. that caused widespread disruption to power networks. The loss of supply from the world's second-largest foundry, behind only Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., is expected to reverberate through the smartphone industry.

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