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Business Scope

As the founder and a leader of the dedicated semiconductor foundry segment, TSMC has built its reputation by offering advanced and specialty wafer production processes and unparalleled manufacturing efficiency. TSMC strives to provide the best overall value to its customers, and the success of TSMC’s business is manifested in the success of its customers.

TSMC provides a full range of integrated semiconductor foundry services that fulfill the increasing variety of customer needs. In the process, it has experienced strong growth by building close relationships with customers. Semiconductor suppliers from around the world trust TSMC with their manufacturing needs, thanks to its unique integration of cutting-edge process technologies, pioneering design services, manufacturing productivity and product quality.

In May 2009, TSMC established the New Businesses organization to explore non-foundry related business opportunities. In August 2011, the New Businesses organization was formally separated from the main TSMC organization as two wholly owned subsidiaries, TSMC Solid State Lighting Ltd. (TSMC SSL) and TSMC Solar Ltd., responsible for solid state lighting and solar business activities, respectively. In January 2015, TSMC announced a sale of all TSMC SSL shares held by TSMC and TSMC’s subsidiary to Epistar Corp. After this transaction, TSMC completely exits TSMC SSL.

Customer Applications

TSMC manufactured more than 8,800 different products for over 450 different customers in 2014. These chips are used across the entire spectrum of electronic applications, including computers and peripherals, information appliances, wired and wireless communications systems, automotive and industrial equipment, consumer electronics such as DVDs, digital TVs, game consoles, digital still cameras (DSCs), and many other applications.

The rapid evolution of end products drives our customers to utilize TSMC’s innovative technologies and services, while at the same time spurring TSMC’s own development of technology. As always, success depends on leading rather than following industry trends.

Consolidated Shipments and Net Revenue in 2014 and 2013

Unit: Shipments (12-inch equivalent wafers) / Net Revenue (NT$ thousands)


2014

2013

Shipments

Net Revenue

Shipments

Net Revenue

Wafer

Domestic (Note 1)

1,737,743

112,726,728

1,249,092

79,982,833

Export

6,524,853

611,020,808

5,713,560

480,702,380

Others (Note 2)

Domestic (Note 1)

N/A

5,766,553

N/A

5,118,245

Export

N/A

33,292,376

N/A

31,220,739

Total

Domestic (Note 1)

1,737,743

118,493,281

1,249,092

85,101,078

Export

6,524,853

644,313,184

5,713,560

511,923,119

Note 1: Domestic means sales to Taiwan.
Note 2: Others majorly include revenue associated with mask making, design services, and royalties.

Production in 2014 and 2013

Unit: Capacity / Output (12-inch equivalent wafers) / Amount (NT$ thousands)

Wafers

Year

Capacity

Output

Amount

2014

8,175,183

8,206,469

426,706,846

2013

7,309,680

6,754,534

301,305,826