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TSMC ventures into solid-state lighting

Posted: 13 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TSMC lighting venture? LED? solid-state lighting?

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd is dipping its hands in the LED arena.

The silicon foundry giant has approved Nov. 10 capital appropriations of $46 million to set up a production line and product development lab for solid state lighting.

This implies that it is looking at LED production. It is unclear if TSMC will devise LEDs on a foundry basis. The company did not elaborate on its intentions.

TSMC also has approved capital appropriations of $2.24 billion to expand advanced technology capacity for 300mm wafer fabs and increase 300mm capacity for wafer level chip scale packaging process. It also approved capital appropriations of $254.6 million to expand 300mm wafer fab facilities.

The company is looking at the energy sector for good reason. In August, TSMC approved the appropriation of $50 million for "possible use" in investment in solar energy-related areas.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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