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Formation of multi-layer production structure in Taiwan's semiconductor industry(2022_2_40_024)


Taiwan’s semiconductor industry has been attracting increasing global attention from enterprises and governments, especially in light of the recent world-wide shortage of integrated circuits (ICs). Taiwan is home to about three-quarters of the world’s semiconductor fabrication plants. While TSMC, the world’s largest pure-play foundry, possesses state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, Taiwan’s semiconductor industry is also a major supplier of conventional ICs. The purpose of this research project is to not only highlight that Taiwan’s semiconductor industry has a multi-layered structure that produces ICs based on several generations of technology but also to investigate how that structure has formed. The structure is expected to be shown as the result of interactions between TSMC and other IC makers. The roles of the firms that utilize foundry services as well as Taiwan’s government are also examined.


April 2022 - March 2024

Leader of the Research Project

Sato, Yukihito


The Ajia Keizai