In a statement Western Digital Corp said certain materials at two of its manufacturing facilities in Japan, that are operated by its joint-venture partner Kioxia Holdings Corp, have become contaminated leading to a reduction in the availability of flash storage devices.
According to its current assessment, because of the contamination there would be a shortage of at least 6.5 exabytes in flash storage availability.
One exabyte equals one billion gigabytes.
It is working closely with Kioxia to implement necessary measures that will restore the facilities to normal operational status as quickly as possible.
Kioxia is a key supplier for Western Digital.