Highlights of the day: Moore's Law alive and kicking


Some may think Moore's Law is reaching its limits, but for TSMC, it is still very much alive. The world's number one pure-play foundry is already conducting 3nm process R&D. TSMC chairman Mark Liu believes Moore's Law will continue to drive semiconductor growth in decades to come, but Taiwan's IC sector must tackle the problem of engineer shortages that could hinder its growth in the future. The shortages will be worsened by aggressive personnel poaching by ambitious Chinese firms looking to cut short their technological development processes.

TSMC kicking off 3nm process R&D: TSMC has already kicked off 3nm process R&D, according to Philip Wong, VP of corporate research at the pure-play foundry. And with the evolution of Moore's Law, the company could make 2nm or even 1nm node manufacturing possible, said Wong.

Talent shortage facing Taiwan semiconductor industry, says TSMC chairman: Moore's Law will continue to drive semiconductor industry growth in decades to come, but Taiwan's IC sector is in need of sufficient engineers to support its development, according to TSMC chairman Mark Liu.

China aggressively poaching talent from Korea, Taiwan chipmakers: China-based semiconductor firms are keenly luring talent away from chipmakers in Taiwan and South Korea by offering much higher pays, seeking to shorten time for technology development and narrow technological gaps with leading players, according to CY Lu, president of Taiwan-based memory chipmaker Macronix International.