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Former TSMC exec shares key to chipmaker’s global success

TAIPEI, Aug. 11 (CNA) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing’s (TSMC) corporate culture is what made the chip maker a major player in the global industry, a former executive said in a recently published interview with the American Museum. Told.

“One very important reason for TSMC’s success is the company’s culture,” said Chiang Shan-yi, former co-COO of TSMC. I called the facility engineer in the morning,” and the engineer didn’t complain.

Furthermore, “TSMC has not made a big mistake,” said Chen, who announced his second retirement from the chipmaker in 2013. Interview with Computer History Museum Conducted in March.

When compared to competitors such as Taiwan’s United Microelectronics and Intel, Chen told the California museum: The Oral History Project.

Another reason for TSMC’s success, according to Chen, is that in 2013, when Intel and Samsung were focusing on 18-inch wafers, they shifted their focus to developing and manufacturing 12-inch wafers.

TSMC discussed technology priorities at the time with European chip equipment supplier ASML, and ASML didn’t care “whether the wafer was big or small,” he said.

Chiang, meanwhile, called his decision to join Chinese semiconductor maker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) in 2016 “a mistake” and “stupid.”

“Before that, I had a pretty good image in Taiwan. It really hurt my image. I didn’t expect that,” Chen said.

Cheng said he approached TSMC founder Morris Chan and received his approval before accepting an offer to become an independent member of SMIC’s board of directors in 2016.

“It was a mistake. Yeah. You do right things. You do stupid things in life. That was one of the stupid things I did,” said a US citizen who now lives in the United States. said Chen, who lives in

SMIC was unable to purchase state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to produce 7-nanometer chips because of sanctions announced by the United States three days after Chiang joined the company, he said.

Chiang Kai-shek will step down as SMIC Vice Chairman in November 2021.

Asked if he’s really retired, Chen said, “I have no plans to go back to work at the moment. That’s enough. I’m 76. On my next birthday, I’ll be 76.”

https://focustaiwan.tw/sci-tech/202208110021 Former TSMC exec shares key to chipmaker’s global success

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