Former TSMC Employee Charged With 16 nm And 10 nm Node IP Theft

TSMC has been in the news following AMD’s announcement that it has shifted the production of all its 7 nm GPUs and CPUs to TSMC. Now a report has come in regarding TSMC charging its former Deputy Manager Of Technology for IP theft of its 16nm and 10nm node processes.

As reported by DigiTimes, Surnamed Chou is the former TSMC employee charged with stealing data on the foundries’ 16nm and 10nm node processes. According to the report, the former TSMC employee was trying to take the data with him to a new job in China.

Surnamed Chou, the former TSMC deputy manager of technology stands accused of copying confidential documents regarding the foundry’s 16nm and 10nm node processes and related facilities, and trying to take the data with him to a new job in China.

Surnamed resigned from TSMC a short while ago and was ready to join up Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) when he was arrested for IP theft. Reportedly, TSMC itself found Surnamed Chou to be involved in the theft and reported him to the office.

Speaking of the TSMC, as we mentioned before AMD has shifted all of the production of the 7 nm GPU and CPU to TSMC from Global Foundries.

While announcing the shift, AMD has confirmed its 7 nm Navi GPUs for late 2018. Not only that, AMD has also confirmed that its 7nm server CPU will launch in 2019.

AMD’s next major milestone is the introduction of our upcoming 7nm product portfolio, including the initial products with our second generation “Zen 2” CPU core and our new “Navi” GPU architecture. We have already taped out multiple 7nm products at TSMC, including our first 7nm GPU planned to launch later this year and our first 7nm server CPU that we plan to launch in 2019.

It will be interesting to see how the 7 nm Navi GPU will perform against Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070.

Personally, I don’t expect AMD to release something groundbreaking in the GPU market given its focus on the CPU market with its Ryzen products.

Source: DigiTimes