TSMC starts building LED and solar fab

TSMC has started construction of its LED lighting R&D centre and fab in Hsinchu Science Park, after holding a groundbreaking ceremony on 25 March.

TSMC chairman and CEO Morris Chang said the company aims to expand from being silicon foundry into the production of LED lighting products and solar cells. The group is headed by president of new business Rick Tsai who was replaced by Chang as CEO of TSMC last year.

“LED lighting is a promising industry, and we will make full use of TSMC’s technology leadership and manufacturing excellence in semiconductors to develop and integrate LED technology, process, and packaging and testing,” said Tsai. “We will enter the market next year by offering LED light sources and light engines to pursue the broad business opportunities of the LED lighting industry.”

This LED fab will be built in two phases. Investment in plant and equipment for the first phase is expected to reach NT$5.5 billion (€130m), and equipment move-in is scheduled for fourth quarter of 2010 with volume production in the first quarter of 2011. TSMC will decide whether to begin construction of the second phase based on the business’s performance.

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