Apple partner TSMC fired staff who violated company's 'core values'

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While TSMC did not give an official reason why it fired the employees, reports claim that the seven workers let go leaked confidential information to outsiders.




Taiwan-based chip partner TSMC has reportedly fired seven employees at once, noting that the employees had failed to comply with company standards. According to the company, the employees in question exhibited improper behavior that had "violated the company's core values."

"TSMC always operates on the company's most important principles of integrity and integrity, so employees must follow these core values when working for the company," a spokesperson for the company said in a statement seen by WorldAkkam. "In the future, TSMC will continue to follow these principles and require all employees to do the same."

While TSMC gave no official reason for the employees' termination, local news media reported that the employees involved had been caught leaking confidential information relating to customer orders to outsiders.

The media reported that one employee fired was either the head of the equipment department or an engineer.

It was recently learned that Apple's work to reach a 100% carbon neutral footprint by 2030 might be in danger because of TSMC. TSMC has pledged to reach net-zero emissions itself, but to do so by 2050, 20 years behind Apple's target.

In June, it was reported that TSMC began construction of a new $12 billion chip plant in Phoenix, Arizona, with the facility expected to produce wafers built on the company's 5-nanometer process.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 13
    China is dying to get any confidential data from TSMC for chip fabrication. They must’ve brided those employees. 
    mknelsonwilliamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 13
    TSMC always operates on the company's most important principles of integrity and integrity
    So good they named it twice?
    Oferwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 13
    Wow I had to double look that gate, it looked like a Hyperloop tube under construction or something. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 13
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,602member
    China is dying to get any confidential data from TSMC for chip fabrication. They must’ve brided those employees. 
    Not if the leaks were truly about customer orders.  
    muthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 5 of 13
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,635member
    The world works on greed and power. How much is information about Apple’s products and plans worth? Enough to take the chance of getting caught and fired?
    edited September 22 watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 13
    China is dying to get any confidential data from TSMC for chip fabrication. They must’ve brided those employees. 
    You failed to understand the article. It is a different thing. George is right, to China haters every negative news is done by China.  ;)
    williamlondon
  • Reply 7 of 13
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,635member
    China is dying to get any confidential data from TSMC for chip fabrication. They must’ve brided those employees. 
    You failed to understand the article. It is a different thing. George is right, to China haters every negative news is done by China.  ;)
    So what happens to TSMC when China invades and takes Taiwan while the western democracies watch and do nothing? Can we be China haters then?
    edited September 22 williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 13
    China is dying to get any confidential data from TSMC for chip fabrication. They must’ve brided those employees. 
    TSMC is in Taiwan, not China, so any 'bribing' going on could be just as much Qualcomm, Intel, etc. as China - they're falling behind Apple just as much as China may want to catch up LOL.   AFAIK, these leakers are mostly guilty of leaking features/benchmarks before the next iPhone goes on sale, stealing Apple's thunder.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 9 of 13
    lkrupp said:
    China is dying to get any confidential data from TSMC for chip fabrication. They must’ve brided those employees. 
    You failed to understand the article. It is a different thing. George is right, to China haters every negative news is done by China.  ;)
    So what happens to TSMC when China invades and takes Taiwan while the western democracies watch and do nothing? Can we be China haters then?
    China haters only use imagination of what will happen. First of all, it is not invasion. Even US has never said it invaded Afghanistan or Iraq. Democracies will use different words for the same thing. 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0-WkpmTPrM
    edited September 22
  • Reply 10 of 13
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,823member
    China is dying to get any confidential data from TSMC for chip fabrication. They must’ve brided those employees. 
    The article states the confidential info was related to customer orders, and not technological theft.

    That being said, it's not a secret that China is doing tons of espionage to poach TSMC employees, get the necessary info/secrets from them and fire them after they get what they want.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 13
    sflocal said:
    China is dying to get any confidential data from TSMC for chip fabrication. They must’ve brided those employees. 
    The article states the confidential info was related to customer orders, and not technological theft.

    That being said, it's not a secret that China is doing tons of espionage to poach TSMC employees, get the necessary info/secrets from them and fire them after they get what they want.
    Why pick China alone? It's not a secret that Microsoft and Google are dying to get any confidential data from Apple. 
    https://forums.appleinsider.com/discussion/224146/in-leaked-memo-tim-cook-says-leakers-do-not-belong-inside-apple#latest
    williamlondon
  • Reply 12 of 13
    lkrupp said:
    The world works on greed and power.
    Wow!  and I thought I was cynical.  ;-)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 13
    lkrupp said:
    China is dying to get any confidential data from TSMC for chip fabrication. They must’ve brided those employees. 
    You failed to understand the article. It is a different thing. George is right, to China haters every negative news is done by China.  ;)
    So what happens to TSMC when China invades and takes Taiwan while the western democracies watch and do nothing? Can we be China haters then?
    China haters only use imagination of what will happen. First of all, it is not invasion. Even US has never said it invaded Afghanistan or Iraq. Democracies will use different words for the same thing. 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0-WkpmTPrM
    Woah, so China is a Democracy now?  
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
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