TSMC chairman Morris Chang commented on Intel's acquisition of Altera by stating mergers in the industry have little impact on the foundry's operations. Chang said TSMC is dedicated to providing foundry services for IC providers worldwide, and noted that perhaps Intel could also rely on TSMC in the future.
Many market observers consider that Intel's acquisition of Altera, which makes use of TSMC's foundry services, may have an adverse impact on TSMC.
Intel could also rely on TSMC's foundry services in the future, Chang noted. TSMC is on a mission to become a manufacturer of logic products, and a trusted technology and capacity provider for all of its customers.
In addition, Chang identified the Internet of Things (IoT) as the next booming business for the semiconductor industry. Applications in the IoT field range from handsets and wearables to connected cars and smart homes, Chang said.