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Taiwan allows chipmakers to use more advanced production technology at China plants

Taiwan allows chipmakers to use more advanced production technology at China plants

Taiwan will allow its chipmakers to upgrade their production technology at factories in rival China, the government said Friday.
The Taiwanese chip manufacturers will be able to change to more advanced 0.18-micron technology from the present 0.25 micron, the government's Investment Commission said.
"Allowing chip companies to invest in China using 0.18-micron technology will have no negative effect on the domestic semiconductor industry," the commission said in a statement. "But it will help the chip companies to better compete in China."
The 0.18-micron technology reduces the size of the circuits on each chip.
The world's biggest contract chipmaker by revenue, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which had applied for use of the more advanced technology at its China plant, welcomed the approval.
Taiwan strictly controls chipmakers' investments in mainland China, with companies required to apply for permission before going ahead with such deals.
While the two sides split amid civil war in 1949, commercial links between them are booming. Two-way trade last year totaled more than US$60 billion (


Updated : 2021-05-09 19:13 GMT+08:00