IEKView：Intense Competition Ahead for the Taiwanese Semiconductor Industry
The year 2018 marked the 60th anniversary of the invention of the integrated circuit (IC). The semiconductor industry in Taiwan has not only spearheaded the development of Taiwan’s high-tech industries, but also the creation of economic prosperity. Indeed, the semiconductor industry in Taiwan plays a pivotal role in the global ecosystem. Starting with the technology transfer by RCA from the U.S, the Taiwanese semiconductor industry has greatly surpassed RCA’s technological levels. There is currently a highly integrated supply chain in Taiwan, from upper stream to downstream. The specialized division of labor in Taiwan is unique in the world, known as a disruptive power to the traditional world of IDMs (integrated device manufacturers). The creation of foundry, IC testing and packaging companies in Taiwan collectively offers state-of-art technology to IC design houses around the world.