Innovation Management

As the technology leader in dedicated IC foundry, TSMC makes product innovations in collaboration with customers, talent innovations in cooperation with academic institutes, and green innovations with suppliers. Over the years we have driven continued progress in global technology and brought about the proliferation of a convenient digital lifestyle.

Strategies, Targets & Achievements

Strategies
  • Continue to develop new technologies to maintain TSMC's technology leadership in the semiconductor industry
  • Strategically develop IP portfolio and determine patent filing numbers in line with R&D investments, so as to ensure comprehensive protection for TSMC's R&D achievements
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Open Innovation Platform® (OIP)

Open Innovation Platform® (OIP)

TSMC does not compete with its customers, but rather acts as a partner to help them make innovation come true. The TSMC Open Innovation Platform® (OIP) initiative is a comprehensive design technology infrastructure that encompasses all critical IC implementation areas to reduce design barriers and improve first-time silicon success. OIP Open Innovation Platform Diagram continued to expand...

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TSMC University Collaboration Programs

TSMC University Collaboration Programs

TSMC has significantly expanded its interaction with universities in Taiwan with the establishment of four research centers located at the nation's most prestigious universities. Beginning in 2013, four research centers have been established at National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University, National Cheng Kung University and National Tsing Hua University, with a total of 1,637 students joining the centers since establishment...

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TSMC Assists Customers to Improve First-time Silicon Success

TSMC Assists Customers to Improve First-time Silicon Success

TSMC held its 2017 Open Innovation Platform® (OIP) Ecosystem Forum on Sept. 13 in Santa Clara, Calif. with over 1,300 attendees. The annual event demonstrates how TSMC and our ecosystem partners jointly develop design solutions on top of TSMC's advanced technologies through OIP collaboration...

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TSMC Powers Ambiq Micro's World's-Lowest Energy Consumption Solutions

TSMC Powers Ambiq Micro's World's-Lowest Energy Consumption Solutions

Leveraging TSMC's industry-leading 40nm Near-Vt (NVT) technology platform, Ambiq Micro, the pioneer and leader in ultra-low power solutions, launched the world's lowest energy consumption Apollo2 platform in 2017. One of first companies to take advantage of this new level...

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TSMC Ranked Top 10 U.S. Patent Assignee for 2nd Year

TSMC Ranked Top 10 U.S. Patent Assignee for 2nd Year

As the leading global dedicated IC foundry service provider, TSMC continues pioneering advanced technology and enabling innovations by investing considerable resources and effort into technology development. To comprehensively protect R&D achievements and to strengthen...

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Innovative Management Framework

TSMC actively builds an innovative culture and creates an innovative working environment. TSMC also encourages its employees to practice in the work of a wide range of innovation, assists customers, industry and academics in cross-domain innovation, in response to the ever-changing characteristics of the semiconductor industry.

Leading Technology and Innovations in IC Foundry Service

The efforts of TSMC R&D organization are focused on enabling the Company to continuously offer its customers first-to-market, leading-edge technologies and design solutions that contribute to their product success in today's competitive market environment.
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TSMC continues to invest in research and development, with total R&D expenditures up about 7% from the previous year, accounting for 8% of the total revenue. The staff of the R&D organization increases about 5.8%, a level that equals or exceeds the R&D investment of many other leading high-tech companies.
A strong portfolio of intellectual property rights strengthens TSMC's technology leadership. As of 2016, TSMC's patent portfolio has reached over 35,000 patents worldwide to ensure the Company's technology leadership and maximum profit.
Year Ranking of US Patent Grants (Note 1) Ranking of Taiwan Patent Grants (Note 2)
2016 9 3
2015 13 5
2014 23 13
2013 35 21
2012 48 35
Note 1: IFICLAIMS issued Top 50 US Patent Assignees
Note 2: TIPO released Top 100 Native Corporate Patent Applicants for Patent Grants

For more information, please read TSMC 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report:

Innovation and Service - Innovation Management

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