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After implementing green initiatives in its dedicated IC foundry business for many years, TSMC has further expanded its pioneering presence into renewable energy and green technology in August 2009 with the launch of the TSMC Solar and Lighting businesses.
Established in 1987, TSMC is the world's first dedicated semiconductor foundry. As the founder and a leader of the dedicated IC foundry segment, TSMC has built its reputation by offering advanced and "More-than-Moore" wafer production processes and unparalleled manufacturing efficiency. Large and small IC companies from around the world trust TSMC with their manufacturing needs, thanks to its unique integration of cutting-edge process technologies, pioneering design services, manufacturing productivity and product quality.

In today's developed countries, 20% of energy demand comes from lighting applications. "Green Business" has become an important goal for corporations and installing energy-efficient lighting has emerged as one of the key initiatives. Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology delivers 5 to 10 times higher light emitting efficacy than traditional incandescent bulbs and 10 times longer life while using more eco-friendly materials. An LED emits light through solid-state electroluminescence. Traditional incandescent bulbs use thermal radiation and create lower lighting efficacy. Solid-state lighting technology offers much greater potential than other lighting technologies to save energy and enhance the quality of our environment.

TSMC believes the Solid-State Lighting industry promises high growth and long-term profitability. We commit ourselves to developing Solid-state lighting technology to deliver innovative lighting solutions that create long-term economic value for corporations, communities and households.


TSMC develops LED technology on silicon wafers to capitalize on silicon's ultra low thermal resistance and potential for integrating LEDs with integrated circuit (IC) functionality. TSMC's LED chip and packaging processes are executed at the wafer level (eight-inch silicon wafer), rather than the individual LED chip level to create significant potential cost reduction. TSMC integrates process steps from epi growth, chip formation and packaging to lens molding and complete processes at the wafer level. TSMC has developed this unique integrated process to fully capitalize on our expertise and experience with silicon-based manufacturing to deliver a fast ramp, high yield and narrow bin distribution.

TSMC Lighting plans delivering leading LED thermal resistance performance by 2011 and leading light emitting efficacy in 2012.


TSMC will serve its global customers with LEDs produced in its own fab. TSMC's LED fab is located in the Hsin-Chu Science Park, Taiwan. The company has invested US$80 million to complete the facility's first phase and moved in the first equipment in during September 2010. Commercial production is expected to commence in the second half of 2011.


Lighting Solutions

TSMC will first focus on luminaire solutions for retrofit lamps, commercial and industrial lighting, architectural lighting, and outdoor lighting.

If you are not already a TSMC Lighting customer or business partner and have interest in exploring solid-state lighting business opportunities with TSMC, please send your inquiry to:

9, Li-Hsin Rd 4, Hsinchu Science Park
Hsinchu, Taiwan 300-78
Tel: +886-3-563-6688 Ext. 781-3516
Fax: +886-3-567-9610
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
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