Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip manufacturer, announced on Monday that it had not disclosed detailed customer information in its response to a US chip data request.
TSMC is one of several companies, including Samsung of South Korea and SK Hynix, which the US government has asked for voluntary information to help them better understand the global chip shortage. She set a deadline for submitting the information on November 8th.
But the US inquiry raised trade secret concerns in the industry. The South Korean companies – the world’s two largest manufacturers of memory chips – plan to omit detailed information when sending data to Washington, two sources said last week.
TSMC, a major Apple supplier, said it responded to the US request to address the semiconductor shortage that has been affecting production for automakers and consumer electronics suppliers.
TSMC said it is “committed as always to protecting the confidentiality of our customers and ensuring that no customer-specific information is disclosed in the response.”
It didn’t say anything more.
US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said in September that the request for information was aimed at increasing the transparency of the supply chain. She warned that if companies didn’t answer the call, “then we have other tools in our toolkit that ask them to provide data”.
Tech powerhouse Taiwan has announced that it will do everything in its power to remedy the shortage of chips. TSMC has pledged to spend $ 100 billion (approximately Rs.740,379 billion) over the next three years to expand chip capacity.
Taiwan’s government said it respected US trade law but would assist domestic firms if they received “unreasonable inquiries.”
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