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Katrina to hammer silicon wafer production?

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Hurricane Katrina could have a deeper impact on the world's semiconductor industry than first feared, market watcher iSuppli claimed today.

The affect of the storm on energy supplies is already beginning to be felt, but iSuppli today said the hurricane had forced a key producer of high-grade hydrogen to shut down.

Air Products and Chemicals' New Orleans plant generates extremely pure liquid hydrogen used to aid the deposition of epitaxial films onto the silicon wafers from which semiconductors are fabricated.

The researcher worries that the upshot will be reduced wafer output which, in turn, will hinder semiconductor production.

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