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Fu-Chieh Hsu bids TSMC goodbye

Posted: 21 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Design guru Fu-Chieh Hsu has stepped down from his post as vice president of the Design and Technology Platform unit and R&D deputy head of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd (TSMC). Officials from TSMC said that Hsu resigned two weeks ago. Hsu could not be reached for comment. He is considered by many as a design legend.

He pushed the silicon foundry giant into the platform arena. TSMC originally launched the so-called Open Innovation Platform in 2008 as an industry-wide design enablement initiative.

Hsu was appointed as TSMC's vice president/deputy head of R&D in December 2009 and concurrently supervised TSMC's Design and Technology Platform. Hsu served in the latter role since March 2006.

Hsu founded Monolithic System Technology Inc. (MoSys) in 1991 and served as its chairman and CEO until retiring at the end of 2004. He was chairman and president of Myson Technology Inc. (now Myson Century Inc.) from 1990 to 1991. Prior to that, Hsu worked at Integrated Device Technology Inc. as chief technology officer and vice president as well as other senior positions.

TSMC has shaken up its management since Morris Chang re-entered the picture. Last year, Chang reassumed control of TSMC. At the time, TSMC said its board named Chang to serve as chief executive, along with his current position as chairman. He assumed the CEO title from Rick Tsai, who was appointed president and CEO of TSMC in 2005.

Chang assumed day-to-day control of the foundry giant. In his new role, Tsai now serves as president of the New Business Development Organization, reporting directly to Chang. The group will focus on new growth markets, such as LED and solar, as its traditional foundry business is slowing.

Recently, Chang also changed TSMC's R&D team-at a time when GlobalFoundries, Samsung and others are looking to knock the company from its perch. Last year, Shang-Yi Chiang rejoined TSMC in the R&D ranks. TSMC named Chiang as its senior vice president of research and development (R&D). He left TSMC temporarily in 2006. He reports directly to Chang.

--Mark LaPedus
??EE Times

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