TSMC publicly turned its face on the United States!Refusing to hand over confidential client information

In order to firmly control the core supply chain of the global semiconductor industry, the United States has recently begun to play a new trick: forcing global chip manufacturers to hand over confidential data.

However, the wishful thinking of the United States this time was not good, and Samsung, TSMC, etc. all rejected the unreasonable demands of the United States.

Chip makers forced to hand over trade secrets

According to previous news, the United States held a so-called chip summit. At the chip summit meeting, the United States asked companies such as Samsung and TSMC to share sales records, inventory and other data with them. For this statement, the United States claimed that the main purpose is to make the supply chain of the entire chip industry more transparent in this way, so as to determine the main reason for the shortage of chips. After making this statement, the United States also said that these companies need 45 days to take action.

If it fails to cooperate with this, then the United States will take corresponding actions to achieve this goal through legal and other means.

However, the above-mentioned data such as sales records and inventory are the core data of the enterprise, and it is not an exaggeration to say that they are commercial secrets. If these issues are handed over, it will inevitably affect the competitiveness and bargaining power of TSMC and other companies, making the company at a disadvantage in business negotiations.

In addition, the information of TSMC customers will also be exposed, which has also caused dissatisfaction with downstream companies such as Apple and Tesla. Such unreasonable demands of the United States have naturally caused a lot of dissatisfaction in the industry. Moreover, many people in the industry believe that this move is not well-intentioned.

TSMC publicly turns its face

South Korea responded to the unreasonable demands of the United States a few days ago. The Korean chip industry believes that the U.S. approach violates legitimate and fair commercial trade. If the commercial confidential data is rashly disclosed without the permission of the partners, then Samsung will face huge indemnities, and South Korea’s semiconductor industry may no longer be trusted by global partners.

Therefore, the South Korean chip industry calls on the South Korean government to come forward to negotiate and resist the behavior of the United States forcing Samsung to hand over trade secret data.

Subsequently, Fang Shuhua, TSMC’s chief legal officer, said on the 6th: TSMC is currently in the evaluation stage, and stressed that TSMC will not disclose confidential customer information.

Fang Shuhua explained: Customers are an important factor in the success of TSMC, and TSMC will not disclose the secrets of customers. In addition, in response to the “chip famine” currently plaguing the development of the smart car industry, TSMC explained: TSMC has tried its best to assist the United States, Japan and other countries to solve the problem of automotive chip shortages. In order to dispel the suspicions and concerns of the United States and Japan, TSMC sincerely stated that it is only a chip foundry, and customers will give orders to themselves, and they will follow suit. Hoarding chips is even more impossible.

Because the semiconductor market and equipment technology are in the hands of the United States, TSMC has always been obedient to the United States. The United States allows TSMC to go east, but TSMC dare not go west. For example, the interruption of cooperation with domestic semiconductor manufacturers such as Huawei and Feiteng helps the United States to intercept the development of mainland semiconductors.

And this public rejection of the U.S. request is a rare time for TSMC to be tough.

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