GlobalFoundries, an American semiconductor foundry based out of Santa Clara, California, has filed a lawsuit against Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and is requesting a ban on the importation of components used in Asus and Nvidia products.
GlobalFoundries is one of the largest semiconductor foundries in the world and has put forth multiple lawsuits in the United States and Germany. The company claims that TSMC has encroached on a dozen and a half of its patents relating to semiconductor technology.
GlobalFoundries senior vice president of engineering and technology, Gregg Bartlett, explained via an official press release:
While semiconductor manufacturing has continued to shift to Asia, GF has bucked the trend by investing heavily in the American and European semiconductor industries, spending more than $15 billion dollars in the last decade in the U.S. and more than $6 billion in Europe’s largest semiconductor manufacturing fabrication facility. These lawsuits are aimed at protecting those investments and the US and European-based innovation that powers them. For years, while we have been devoting billions of dollars to domestic research and development, TSMC has been unlawfully reaping the benefits of our investments. This action is critical to halt Taiwan Semiconductor’s unlawful use of our vital assets and to safeguard the American and European manufacturing base.
A list of gaming-related companies that could potentially be affected includes Asus and Nvidia — which are joined by a slew of major technology companies like Apple, Cisco, Google, Motorola, Qualcomm, and others.
An important ban would affect, in the video game sphere, Nvidia’s GeForce graphics cards.
However, fears of an import ban are likely unwarranted. In all likelihood, a business arrangement would be made in which the potentially-offending companies could pay royalties or other fees to GlobalFoundries — which could potentially increase consumer costs.
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