Rick Merritt, EETimes
4/15/2013 12:01 AM EDT
SAN JOSE, Calif. – It’s a rare treat to get a chance to ask a few questions of Morris Chang, the man who invented the semiconductor foundry model when he helped found Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. back in 1987. The man referred to within TSMC simply as “chairman” typically travels to the U.S. just once a year.
At age 81, he strode on to the stage at the San Jose Convention Center here and gave a keynote address at the annual TSMC Symposium. He used few slides and no notes, recounting the state of the industry in the past year, his forecast for the year to come (four percent growth) and the state and outlook of the world’s largest maker of logic wafers.
Two reporters and a customer approached him afterwards with a handful of questions. He answered them thoughtfully before being whisked away to whatever was next on his itinerary.
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