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An Introduction to TSMC

Founded on February 21, 1987 and headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, TSMC pioneered the foundry business model by focusing solely on manufacturing customers’ semiconductor designs. As a pure-play semiconductor foundry, the Company does not design, manufacture, or market semiconductor products under its own brand name, ensuring that TSMC does not compete directly with its customers. Today, TSMC is the world’s largest pure-play semiconductor foundry, manufacturing more than 8,600 different products using 202 different technologies for over 440 different customers in 2013.

With a diverse global customer base, TSMC-manufactured semiconductors are used in a wide variety of applications covering various segments of the computer, communications, consumer, industrial and standard semiconductor markets.

Annual capacity of the manufacturing facilities managed by TSMC and its subsidiaries totaled 16.4 million 8-inch equivalent wafers in 2013. TSMC’s managed manufacturing facilities include three 12-inch wafer GIGAFAB™ facilities, four 8-inch wafer fabs, and one 6-inch wafer fab in Taiwan, as well as two 8-inch wafer fabs at wholly owned subsidiaries: WaferTech in the United States and TSMC China Company Limited.

TSMC provides customer service through its account management and engineering services offices in North America, Europe, Japan, China, South Korea, and India. The Company employed more than 40,000 people worldwide at the end of 2013.

TSMC continued to lead the foundry segment of the semiconductor industry in both advanced and specialty process technologies. By leveraging the experience of 65nm and 40nm, TSMC successfully reached volume production of 28nm with excellent yield performance in 2013 featuring 28HP and 28HPM for high performance and 28LP and 28HPL for low power. Furthermore, TSMC delivered 20nm SoC and 16nm FinFET technology nodes on-schedule and successfully received initial customer tape-outs of 20nm technology. In addition to general-purpose logic process technology, TSMC supports the wide-ranging needs of its customers with embedded non-volatile memory, embedded DRAM, Mixed Signal/RF, high voltage, CMOS image sensor, MEMS, silicon germanium technologies and automotive service packages.

TSMC’s subsidiaries TSMC Solid State Lighting Ltd. and TSMC Solar Ltd. also engage in researching, developing, designing, manufacturing and selling solid state lighting devices and related products and systems, and solar-related technologies and products, respectively.

The Company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) under ticker number 2330, and its American Depositary Shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol “TSM“.