According to reports, the United States requires relevant companies to submit relevant data, including commercial secrets such as inventory, sales, and customers, within 45 days. Such a requirement will put the company in trouble. The industry is worried that disclosing yield information to the United States means disclosing its own The semiconductor level may cause the foundry to be at a disadvantage in the price negotiation process.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Raymondo said that the government needs more information and needs to know where the chip is going to be shipped and where the bottleneck is, so that it can prevent problems before they happen. Raimondo reminded industry executives that if they do not share information voluntarily, she may invoke the Cold War-era Defense Production Act to force them to share information. This request from the United States has caused a shock in the semiconductor industry. This has never happened before. These business data are the core secrets of companies and are no less important than technical capabilities. Therefore, many companies strongly oppose it, but they have nothing to do with the requirements of the United States.
In response to this matter, TSMC has responded a few days ago, stating that it is still evaluating the information required by the US Department of Commerce and will not provide sensitive information, and related inquiries can still accept data anonymity. According to reports, a minority shareholder of this front-end Semiconductor Manufacturing Company entrusted Huatong International Law Firm to file a false disciplinary petition to the Hsinchu District Court, requesting judicial intervention, and prohibiting TSMC from directly or indirectly, voluntary or involuntarily, providing confidential information including customer lists and other secret documents to foreign governments.