Semiconductor Market Share and TSMC

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With all the attention that ChatGPT is getting, we thought it would be fun to ask it some questions regarding our industry.  We’ll be doing quite a few of these over the next couple weeks, and let you be the judge on how accurate they are.   Hope you’re having a great week!!

Question: Who produces the most semiconductors

There are many companies that produce semiconductors, and the market is constantly changing. However, some of the largest semiconductor companies in the world include Intel, Samsung, TSMC, and SK Hynix. These companies have advanced manufacturing facilities and produce a wide range of semiconductor products for various applications. It is worth noting that the semiconductor industry is highly competitive, and rankings can vary depending on various factors such as production capacity, technology, and market demand.

Question: What is the market share of TSMC

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and has a significant share of the global market. According to data from IC Insights, TSMC was the largest semiconductor foundry in the world in 2020, with a market share of 55% in terms of revenue. The company’s market share has been consistently increasing in recent years due to strong demand for its advanced manufacturing technologies and diverse product portfolio. TSMC is known for its cutting-edge processes and has been a key supplier for many of the leading semiconductor companies and consumer electronics brands.

Question: What kind of semiconductors does TSMC produce?

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is a foundry that manufactures a wide range of semiconductor products for various applications. TSMC’s product portfolio includes a range of integrated circuits (ICs) such as microprocessors, memory chips, and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). The company also produces a range of discrete semiconductor devices such as diodes, transistors, and thyristors. TSMC’s advanced manufacturing technologies enable it to produce semiconductors at various levels of complexity and for a wide range of markets, including consumer electronics, telecommunications, computer, and automotive. The company is known for its cutting-edge processes and has been a key supplier for many of the leading semiconductor companies and consumer electronics brands.

Question: How does TSMC produce microprocessors?

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) uses a process called photolithography to produce microprocessors. Photolithography is a key step in the semiconductor manufacturing process that involves the use of light to transfer patterns onto a substrate, such as a silicon wafer.

Here is a brief overview of the steps involved in producing microprocessors using photolithography at TSMC:

  1. Preparation: In this step, the substrate (silicon wafer) is cleaned and prepared for the next steps.
  2. Deposition: A layer of photoresist is applied to the wafer, and the wafer is then baked to remove any solvents and to improve the photoresist’s adhesion to the wafer.
  3. Photolithography: The photolithography step involves exposing the photoresist to light through a mask, which is a patterned glass plate. The light causes a chemical reaction in the photoresist, hardening it in the exposed areas and leaving the unexposed areas soluble.
  4. Etching: The wafer is then placed in an etching solution, which removes the soluble areas of photoresist and etches the underlying layers of material, leaving behind the desired pattern.
  5. Removal: The remaining photoresist is stripped from the wafer, and the wafer is cleaned in preparation for the next steps in the process.
  6. Deposition: Additional layers of material are deposited on the wafer using techniques such as chemical vapor deposition (CVD) or physical vapor deposition (PVD).
  7. Repeat: The process is repeated multiple times, with each iteration adding additional layers and features to the microprocessor.
  8. Packaging: Finally, the microprocessor is packaged and tested before being shipped to customers.

This is a simplified version of the process and does not include all the steps involved in producing a microprocessor. TSMC has advanced manufacturing facilities and uses a range of technologies to produce microprocessors and other semiconductor products with high levels of precision and performance.


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