Taiwan’s TMSC told to make chips in the US due to fear of interference
One thing that you might not be aware of is the fact that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. makes chips for the smartphones but it also makes chips for the fighter jets. Now, we know that fighter jet chips are much more confidential rather than smartphone chips. So it is also understood that there needs to be some secrecy regarding the making of these chips. Since TMSC makes chips for the F-35 fighters jets which are also used by the US, it is known that the US is pressurizing TMSC into making chips inside the US only.
Now, we know that the relations between the US and China are not in the best of healths and the US government also fears that Chinese companies might interfere in the manufacturing process of the fighter jets chips. TMSC says that they want the company to produce military-grade chips in the United States as per a report by the Nikkei Asian Review.
It is interesting to note that TMSC is responsible for making chips for both the US Air Force’s F-35 fighter jets as well as the chips used in smartphones for Huawei. As far as Huawei and the US are concerned, they have already shown their displeasure towards the company and say that Huawei has close connections with the Chinese military.
As per the report, TMSC was told to “either reach a decision before November’s U.S. presidential election to manufacture in that country or to come up with another acceptable solution”. Also, a government official from Taiwan said that “U.S. was not planning to compromise on the demand to produce chips destined for military projects on U.S. soil”.
It is also known that U.S. Assistant Secretary for Global Markets Ian Steff met with the company’s top managers and there were meeting before Taiwan’s Presidential Elections regarding the same too.