Chipmaker UMC pleads guilty to trade secret theft, China’s bid to steal propriety chip designs unravelled

In a significant development United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) stated, it has pleaded guilty to trade secret theft in the United States, and will be paying a fine of $60 million and will cooperate with the prosecution of China’s Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co Ltd. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had indicted…

U.S. mulls changes to Foreign Direct Product Rule to cut off Huawei from global chip supply chain

According to two sources familiar with the matter at hand, the Trump administration is mulling options, which includes changing U.S. regulations to allow it to block shipments of chips to Huawei Technologies from companies such as Taiwan’s TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker. These are among the many proposal the U.S. Administration is looking at…

TCMC to invest $1.3 billion into its R&D facility in Hsinchu science park

TCMC, the world’s biggest contract chipmakers plans on sinking in $1.3 billion in R&D to research future technologies. On Friday, a spokesman for the world’s largest contract chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, stated it is planning to plough in $13.50 billion (T$400 billion) to help expand its research and development capacity for future technologies. Clarifying…