How TSMC Contributed to the Death of 450mm and Upset Intel in the Process

How TSMC Contributed to the Death of 450mm and Upset Intel in the Process
by Craig Addison on 08-05-2022 at 6:00 am

450mm wafer

Pinpointing exactly when 450mm died is tricky. Intel’s pullback in 2014 has been cited as a pivotal moment because it was the main backer of the proposed transition, as it had been for the shift to 150mm (6-inch) wafers in the early 1980s.

However, the participation of global foundry leader TSMC was also seen as crucial if 450mm wafers… Read More


The Evolution of Taiwan’s Silicon Shield

The Evolution of Taiwan’s Silicon Shield
by Craig Addison on 06-25-2022 at 6:00 am

Silicon Shield 2025 Poster A4 size

The original Silicon Shield theory, as described in my 2001 book, stated that Taiwan’s role as producer of 90 per cent of the world’s IT products (at that time) protected it from an attack by China because the United States, acting in its own self interest, would come to the island’s defense. A similar scenario – involving oil,… Read More


US Supply Chain Data Request Elicits a Range of Responses, from Tight-Lipped to Uptight

US Supply Chain Data Request Elicits a Range of Responses, from Tight-Lipped to Uptight
by Craig Addison on 11-14-2021 at 6:00 am

China TSMC Supply chain woes 2021

TSMC drew the ire of Chinese state media last week after it complied with the US Department of Commerce request to submit supply chain data by the November 8 deadline.

The Chinese reports, which called it an act of “surrender” to US hegemony, were careful in laying blame on Taipei for caving in to Washington, rather than pointing fingers… Read More


Losing Lithography: How the US Invented, then lost, a Critical Chipmaking Process

Losing Lithography: How the US Invented, then lost, a Critical Chipmaking Process
by Craig Addison on 10-31-2021 at 8:00 am

Lithography pioneers Perkin Elmer and Mann Co SEMI image

Lithography is arguably the most important step in semiconductor manufacturing. Today’s state-of-the-art EUV scanners are incredibly complex machines that cost as much as a new Boeing jetliner.

From humble beginnings in 1984 as a joint venture with Philips, ASML has grown to become the world’s second largest chip equipment… Read More


Why Tech Tales are Wafer Thin in Hollywood

Why Tech Tales are Wafer Thin in Hollywood
by Craig Addison on 04-25-2021 at 10:00 am

Chip Warriors

Mad scientists have been a staple of Hollywood science fiction since Dr Victor Frankenstein created his eponymous monster in 1931. Pre-pandemic, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was the main source of on-screen geeks-turned-superheroes, from Iron Man’s Tony Stark to Ant Man’s Hank Pym.

When it comes to real-life scientists on… Read More