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AMD is considering broadening chip production suppliers as it believes it is too reliant on semiconductor giant TSMC and this places the supply chain at risk of disruption. The latest 4th generation Epyc processor from AMD is manufactured using TSMC's 5nm production node technology. However, while previous generations used an …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Opening moves.

    Couple of smart bombs into the TSMC factory would be China's opening move on Taiwan.

    Time they start relocating some of their production overseas.

    Meanwhile, the rest of the world should start recognizing Taiwan as an actual country and give the Red Kingdom the middle finger until they sort themselves out.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Opening moves.

      The same strategy as the USAF's plan to capture Hiroshima's origami plants?

      1. Lurko

        Re: Opening moves.

        No point attacking Taiwanese facilities because smart bombs, drones or cruise missiles won't destroy the IP, merely cause a few months delay to operations whilst the plant is rebuilt. And if there's one thing China is good at (apart from oppressing dissenters) it's large scale building programmes completed in time scales that can't even be dreamt of here.

        1. keith_w

          Re: Opening moves.

          if China could replicate TSMCs' foundry, they would. Then they wouldn't need to invade Taiwan.

        2. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

          Re: Opening moves.

          > smart bombs, drones or cruise missiles won't destroy the IP

          Just hope the smart bombs do preserve the calibration settings and software licenses for all the suppliers systems - they need to be pretty smart bombs.

          This isn't like capturing the VW plant in 1945 and getting a chap with a pipe and moustache to restart the production line

    2. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: Opening moves.

      China doesn't want to destroy Taiwan. They don't view them as enemies, they view them more as misguided siblings.

      They don't want to destroy infrastructure and definitely don't want to kill a lot of people. Either would defeat the purpose of invasion in the first place.

      Anyway, they don't need to do anything to disable TSMC in the event of an invasion. Once ASML stop providing service for their EUV scanners that make their advanced nodes possible, their production will quickly grind to a halt. Most likely TSMC employees would be told to go home and shelter in place so there wouldn't be anyone to operate the equipment so all in progress work (about 1/4 of their yearly output is in process for advanced nodes) would be lost.

      1. Mark Exclamation

        Re: Opening moves.

        I disagree. I don't think Xi would give two-hoots about how many Chinese military personnel or Taiwanese were killed in pursuit of his ultimate goal.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Opening moves.

          But a Russian scale global trade embargo and a blockade of any African or S. American ports trying to ship food to them.

          Economy collapses, all those 100 million of new middle classes in the coastal cities face becoming subsistence rice farmers.

          A Mao level famine forced on people that have internet

          Better hope your army is really effective and really loyal

        2. DS999 Silver badge

          Re: Opening moves.

          He'd lose support among many of the Chinese people if he did. Plenty of mainlanders have relatives in Taiwan.

          And no leader can ignore deaths among their own military for very long. Putin found that out in the aborted coup when the military personnel in that border city were cheering the Wagner leader instead of defending against their occupation of the city, that's why he was forced to make peace and let him live. That makes him look weak, but he knows he can't count on automatic support from the military any longer.

          That's why Ukraine has recently been talking about maximizing the hurt on Russian troops in Ukraine - they don't have to retake the territory just kill enough of them that Putin is forced to leave lest the military turn against him.

          Xi isn't dumb. He's been watching the Ukraine debacle for lessons, and it all makes it less likely that he'll move on Taiwan in any overt way. He'll try to infiltrate the government from within, or at most do a blockade. No chance of Chinese troops landing on Taiwan's shores D Day style.

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