Earthquake to impact PC prices?

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Earthquake to impact PC prices?

Buyers could end up paying more than expected for PCs this holiday season as a result of the recent earthquake in Taiwan.

Although analysts are still assessing the quake’s impact on the U.S. market, prices are expected prices to remain firm as several PC makers, including Compaq and Hewlett-Packard, already have warned of looming PC product delays and shortages.

Taiwan is home to roughly half the world’s processor production capacity.

Last month’s quake killed as many as 2,300 people and caused as much as $92 billion in damages. It also interrupted the supply of key components used in the manufacture of computers, primarily graphics chips and PC chip sets.

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