TSMC says it did not release any detailed customer data in response to US request

The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is pictured at its headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan, January 19, 2021. REUTERS / Ann Wang

TAIPEI, Nov. 8 (Reuters) – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) (2330.TW), the world’s largest contract chip maker, said on Monday it had not disclosed detailed information about its customers in its response to a request for US chip data.

TSMC is one of several companies, including South Koreans Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) and SK Hynix (000660.KS), which the US government has asked to provide information to better understand the global chip shortage. He set a deadline of November 8 for the submission of information.

But the US request has raised concerns in the industry over trade secrets. South Korean companies – the world’s two largest memory chip makers – plan to leave out detailed information when providing data to Washington, two sources said last week.

TSMC, a major supplier to Apple Inc (AAPL.O), said it has responded to the United States’ request to help address the semiconductor shortage that has disrupted production by automakers and consumer electronics suppliers.

TSMC said it remains “committed to protecting the privacy of our customers as always, ensuring that no customer specific information is disclosed in the response.”

He did not give more details.

US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said in September that the request for information was aimed at enhancing transparency in the supply chain. She warned that if companies don’t answer the call “then we have other tools in our toolbox that require them to provide us with data.”

The Taiwanese tech powerhouse said it was doing everything it could to solve the chip shortage. TSMC has pledged to spend $ 100 billion over the next three years to increase chip capacity.

The Taiwanese government has said it respects US trade law but will support domestic companies if they receive “unreasonable demands.”

Reporting by Yimou Lee; Editing by Kim Coghill and Himani Sarkar

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