Giving advanced technology to Red China? He should be facing espionage charges, not just commercial trade secret charges.
An engineer from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been arrested trying to leave the country for a new job in China. Local reports say the engineer (the only name given is his surname, Hsu), has been charged with theft of trade secrets filed by the Hsinchu district prosecutor. He was on the way to work for …
The culture in the PRC is to steal all you can, phuck over your customers as much as you can get away with ...
you mean as opposed to the gentle, caring practuces of large corporations everywhere else?
where do you think they picked up that capitalism thingy?
where do you think they picked up that capitalism thingy?
You clearly have a misunderstanding of capitalism. Please feel free how any of the alternatives better since at least with capitalism is that you have to work to steal the information as opposed to forcing it from your competitor at the point of a gun.
Oh, your advantage is supposed to be given over freely. That makes it all better.?!
Yup, I've got a counterfeit OBD-II dongle that reports an ELM-327 chip rev that ELM never made.
No CE, FCC or any other government type acceptance. Crashes frequently. Doesn't accept several standard documented commands.
I got an email begging me to post a review on Amazon, so I said the above, and now they're in an absolute panic for me to send it back so they can refund me and delete the review saying "counterfeit"
None of my other points are even addressed, that's the one they keep saying "so solly!" about.
Edit: counterfeit serial-USB chips are so bad and so prevalent, that FTDI once altered their Windows driver to brick such devices. Big Slashdot-style kerfuffle.
"and absolutely no respect for the IP rights of other."
It's not so long ago, in the days of the "Iron Curtain", that the communist countries pretty much only traded with each other and, under communist doctrine, there was no real concept of IP. It's hard enough getting the ex-communist countries onto the IP bandwagon, so you can only imagine what it must be like in an actual communist country having to make such a seismic shift to be able to trade with the rest of the world.
And then, of course, they see what IP actually means to the non-communist countries, the stealing, unlicensed use, espionage, lack of morals and ethics, and is it any wonder that countries whose doctrine says theirs no such thing as IP treat it as a fig-leaf, barely paying lip service to it.
Is there a week goes by without El Reg reporting on yet another court case over IP licensing? And that's just the IT industry. Multiply that by all the other industries around the world and is it any wonder China sees IP licensing as a game with variable rules where cheating is allowed for as long as you can get away with it.
.... I was once on an interviewing panel for a mid-sized Chinese tech company (they wanted a native English speaker to verify the applicants actually could speak intelligible English). Several of the interviewees were from competing companies and each was asked if they had any inside information they could bring with them.
Plot-twist: the one who said "Sorry, No" got in the take-serously tray and the ones who claimed they could were binned. This company was smart enough to realise that if a prospective employee would do it to their previous employer on the way in, they would later do the same to them on the way out.
I find it a bit surprising all the others weren't smart enough to realise the company would be smart enough to realise this and hold it against them. "Lack of loyalty is a problem only if you're stupid enough to advertise it" is not exactly a new concept after all...
You joke, but that's what John Walker did when he was selling US Navy secrets to the Soviets from the '60s to the '80s.
He was using the copier a lot, and someone asked what he was doing. He actually said "selling secrets to the Russians", the other guy laughed and walked off.
So that's another reason I don't joke about bombs around TSA & FBI folks, as if I needed one...
Intel is reportedly set to receive €6.8 billion ($7.3 billion) in subsidies for a massive chip manufacturing campus it's planning in Germany, and the x86 giant apparently won't have to worry about foundry rival TSMC setting up shop anywhere nearby for the time being.
The German subsidies for Intel's planned fab site in Magdeburg was disclosed last week by Martin Kröber, the city's representative in the Bundestag, according to local media. The federal government has already allocated €2.7 billion in its 2022 budget [PDF] for the project, according to Kröber.
Germany's Deutsche Presse-Agentur said the government is discussing the possibility of subsidies for other projects in the microelectronics industry.
China should seize Taiwan to gain control of TSMC if the United States and its allies impose sanctions against the Middle Kingdom like those now in place against Russia, according to a prominent Chinese economist.
The move follows the suggestion last year out of the US that Taiwan should be prepared to destroy its semiconductor factories if China were to invade.
This latest development comes in a speech by Chen Wenling, chief economist for the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, delivered at the China-US Forum hosted by the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China at the end of May. The text of the speech was posted to the Guancha (Observer) online news site.
Samsung vice chairman Lee Jae-yong is said to be courting Dutch chipmaker NXP on a visit to Europe to bolster the company's position in the automotive semiconductor market.
According to the Asian Tech Press, Jae-yong, who has been released on probation after serving time on corruption charges, is expected to visit several chipmakers and semiconductor manufacturing vendors including the Netherland's NXP and ASML, as well as Germany's Infineon. Press became aware of Jae-yong's plans after a Seoul Central District Court approved the vice chairman's travel plans.
NXP offers a wide array of microprocessors, power management, and wireless chips for automotive, communications, and industrial applications. However, the Asian Tech Press said Samsung's interest in the company, which is valued at approximately $56 billion, is primarily rooted in the company's automotive silicon.
Toyota is to slash global production of motor vehicles due to the semiconductor shortage. The news comes as Samsung pledges to invest about $360 billion over the next five years to bolster chip production, along with other strategic sectors.
In a statement, Toyota said it has had to lower the production schedule by tens of thousands of units globally from the numbers it provided to suppliers at the beginning of the year.
"The shortage of semiconductors, spread of COVID-19 and other factors are making it difficult to look ahead, but we will continue to make every effort possible to deliver as many vehicles to our customers at the earliest date," the company said.
Just as costs for some components have started to come down, TSMC and Samsung, the two largest contract chip manufacturers in the world, are reportedly planning to increase prices of production, which may affect Nvidia, AMD, Apple, and others that rely on the foundries.
Reports emerged earlier this week stating that Taiwan-based TSMC is planning price hikes in the single-digit percentages for legacy and advanced chip manufacturing technologies next year. Citing industry sources, Nikkei reported that the price hike will be around five to eight percent.
On Friday Bloomberg reported that South Korea's Samsung is planning to raise prices for chip designers by 15-20 percent this year, citing industry sources. Legacy nodes will be hit hardest, and the new pricing will come into effect in the second half of the year.
Apple and Intel are likely to become the first customers for TSMC's advanced 2nm manufacturing process when the node goes into production in late 2025, according to new reports.
The reports, which come from Taiwanese outlets DigiTimes and UDN, are supplemented by a financial analyst's suggestion that Intel plans to use TSMC's 2nm process node, officially known as N2, for the graphics tile of its next-generation client processor, code-named Lunar Lake. Intel will also use its own 18A node, which the chipmaker has said is equivalent to a 1.8nm process, for the CPU title of Lunar Lake.
More broadly, Intel plans to use TSMC processes for GPUs and various system-on-chips, DigiTimes said. This falls in line with previous statements by Intel, including the one about its plan to use 18A and an external process for Lunar Lake.
India is hoping it can convince Intel and TSMC to set up fabs in the country as part of their multibillion-dollar manufacturing expansion blueprint.
Bloomberg reported Tuesday that India's government is making pitches to both companies, backed with a $10 billion subsidy plan that can be used to cover up to half of the cost of a new chipmaking plant. The plan also covers new plants for display manufacturers.
Neither Intel or TSMC have made commitments to India yet.
TSMC said it won't start production at its 2nm node until the second half of 2025 or possibly the end of that year, which could signal a shift in the competitive landscape.
The Taiwanese chip foundry revealed the timeline for its 2nm node, known officially as N2, during a conference call [PDF] last week for its first-quarter financial results. With a mid- to late-2025 production timeline, after late-2024 risk production, TSMC's 2nm production dies will likely land in the hands of their designers in volume in 2026, which, in turn, means those chips could, at the earliest, be available for phones, PCs, and servers that year.
TSMC made the disclosure only a few days after Intel, which is revitalizing its competing foundry business, revealed that its next-generation 18A node will be ready for manufacturing in the second half of 2024, months ahead of the previously given 2025 timeline. As the A is short for ångströms, Intel's 18A label suggests it will be a 1.8nm process (see Register passim for caveats about node sizes.)
Taiwan dominates the world's semiconductor manufacturing industry – controlling 48 per cent of the foundry market and 61 per cent of the world's capacity to build at 16nm or better - according to market intelligence firm TrendForce.
In 2021, Taiwan won 26 per cent of the world's semiconductor revenue, and accounted for 64 per cent of foundry revenue.
In 2022, Trendforce predicts the global foundry market to increase by 20 per cent, to $128.7 billion, and Taiwan's share of that revenue will increase two points. Local hero Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will increase its share from 53 to 56 per cent and another Taiwanese firm, United Microelectronics Corp (UMC), will be steady at seven per cent while lesser-known local Powerchip Semiconductor (PSMC) will lose a point of revenue share.
TSMC founder Morris Chang, a key player in the semiconductor industry since its inception, thinks America's attempt to grow its domestic chip production will be "a wasteful, expensive exercise in futility."
Speaking on Tuesday as a guest of the Brookings Institution think tank, Chang said that the US chose a trajectory in the 1970s and 1980s that saw its manufacturing talent retraining for higher-paying jobs. Chang said that isn't necessarily bad for America, but it is a challenge for the US chip manufacturing industry, which, in his mind, simply doesn't have the fabrication talent pool needed to expand and succeed.
Taiwan, Chang said, has a large population that was integral to TSMC's manufacturing success. While the US and other countries saw professionals moving away from manufacturing, Taiwan was ripe with talent and made it an ideal location for a "pure play" chip foundry that only produced components for other companies, he proclaimed.
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