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TMSC Did not Reveal the Customer Data

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) (2330.TW), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, said on Monday it had not disclosed detailed information on clients in its response to a U.S. chip Data request. TSMC is among several companies, including South Korea’s Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) and SK Hynix that the U.S. government has asked to volunteer information so it can better understand the global chip shortage. It has set a Nov. 8 deadline for submission of the information.

The U.S. request has triggered industry concerns on trade secrets. The South Korean firms – the world’s two biggest makers of memory chips – plan to leave out detailed information when supplying Washington with Data, two sources said last week. TSMC, a major Apple Inc supplier, said it had responded to the U.S. request to help address the semiconductor shortage that has disrupted production for car makers and consumer electronics suppliers.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo in September said the request for information was aimed at boosting supply chain transparency. She warned if companies did not answer the call then they have other tools in our toolbox that require them to give us Data.  Tech powerhouse Taiwan has said it was doing all it could to resolve the chip shortage. TSMC has pledged to spend $100 billion over the next three years to expand chip capacity.

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