Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited (TSMC) is a Taiwanese multinational semiconductor contract manufacturing and design company, with its headquarters and main operations located in Hsinchu, Taiwan. It is one of Taiwan’s largest companies, the world’s most valuable semiconductor company, and the world’s largest dedicated independent (pure-play) semiconductor foundry. (Read more: Proudly Made In Taiwan Brands: Consumer Electronics and Technology)
According to Reuters’ report earlier this year (2020) in February, The Trump administration was considering changing U.S. regulations to block shipments of chips to Huawei Technologies from companies such as Taiwan’s TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker. The Trump administration has been concerned about the dependence of the global technology supply chain on Asia.
On May 14, 2020, TSMC announced that it has selected Arizona for its new U.S. advanced semiconductor factory, and the construction of the plant is slated to start next year in 2021. To develop the most state-of-the-art five nanometer semiconductor fabrication foundry in the world, TSMC invested approximately $12 billion starting from 2021. This project will prospectively create more than 1,600 new high-tech jobs in Arizona and generate thousands of additional jobs for companies in the semiconductor industry.
Within just about a month, Apple announced that their Mac computers will adopt its own chip “Apple Silicon” in Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) om June 22, 2020. Apple Silicon, a product will be supplied by TSMC to take the place of Intel x86-compatible processors.
On July 19, 2020, Japan is anticipating to invite TSMC and other global chipmakers to build advanced manufacturing plant in the nation. Japanese domestic chip equipment suppliers are hoping to capitalizing on their technologies to support its chip industry, according to a report by Yomiuri Daily.
TSMC is headquartered in the Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), the HSP specializes in the semiconductor and information sectors, also known as “Silicon Valley”. HSP is the first science park in Taiwan, initiated in 1980. To fulfill its corporate social responsibilities and pursue mutual prosperity between industry and the environment, TSMC participated in Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs’ voluntary “green power purchasing program” from 2015 to 2017.
TSMC is actively setting renewable energy usage plans, and has updated its 2030 goals to target 25% of power consumed by TSMC fabs to be supplied from renewable energy, and 100% for non-fab facilities, with a long-term goal of supplying 100% of TSMC’s power from renewable energy. TSMC claimed that the company will continue to take environmental-friendly action to do its part in caring for the earth.