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《TAIPEI TIMES》 TSMC optimistic as it rides AI wave


Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co CEO C.C. Wei, fourth left, and chairman Mark Liu, third right, attend the company’s annual general meeting in Hsinchu yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co CEO C.C. Wei, fourth left, and chairman Mark Liu, third right, attend the company’s annual general meeting in Hsinchu yesterday. Photo: CNA

2024/06/05 03:00

UNRIVALED: Growing demand for artificial intelligence, which is still in its infancy, would benefit the firm given its technological leadership, new chair C.C. Wei said

By Lisa Wang / Staff reporter, in Hsinchu

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, yesterday said it is optimistic about its business outlook over the next few years, benefiting from the uptake of artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

TSMC produces AI chips for a majority of AI chip designers from Nvidia Corp to Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD), using its cutting-edge process technologies, including 3 nanometers, 4 nanometers and 5 nanometers.

“We are optimistic about AI. [Demand] is really hot. Besides, AI applications are just in its infancy. More and more AI applications will be used in our daily lives,” TSMC chief executive officer and new chairman C.C. Wei (魏哲家) told a media briefing. “TSMC’s [business] outlook for the next few years will be very optimistic.”

TSMC’s board of directors yesterday tapped Wei to succeed Mark Liu (劉德音), who served as company chairman for the past six years.

Since there would be a wide spectrum of AI applications for different vertical industries, Wei said he could not agree more with Nvidia Corp CEO Jensen Huang’s (黃仁勳) bullish view about AI growth, Wei said.

The AI market would swell to US$100 trillion, Huang estimated.

TSMC would be a major beneficiary of this AI boom, given its technology leadership, Wei said.

Because of its strong technological capabilities, TSMC occupies a “very advantageous position,” Wei said.

That means “no one can compete with us so far — and we intend to maintain such an advantageous position,” he added.

Asked about a South Korean media report that Samsung Electronics Co is catching up with TSMC and nibbling on its turf, Wei said his company has no rival so far and doubted the publication’s trustworthiness.

TSMC has overtaken Intel Corp in offering the world’s most advanced foundry technology since 2018, when it rolled out 7-nanometer process technology.

Since then, the Taiwanese company has safeguarded its technology leadership position. The chipmaker plans to start mass production of 2-nanometer chips next year, ahead of its competitors.

“Since we continue advancing our technology ahead of [competitors], they have to adopt our technology,” Wei said. “TSMC does not develop any technology only for certain products or certain industries.”

The company’s secret formula behind its long-term technology leadership is that TSMC is always making progress, Wei said. That is why TSMC has an advantage over its competitors, he said.

Asked whether customers have asked TSMC to relocate its production outside of Taiwan because of escalating tensions between Taiwan and China, Wei said: “It had been discussed.”

However, it would be impossible to move all of the company’s production abroad, as 80 to 90 percent of its manufacturing capacity is based in Taiwan, he said, adding that he believed there was little chance of war.

Talking about the company’s approach to selecting the next leader, Wei, 71, said the company is working on a succession mechanism to ensure the company operates smoothly.

Whoever succeeds him should share the company’s values of maintaining its technological leadership, expanding capacity and winning customers’ trust, Wei said.

新聞來源:TAIPEI TIMES

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