A in-person visit to a TSMC plant has granted rare insight into the company that’s responsible for the trillions of transistors running the world’s processors, including Apple’s.
The report is sourced from Virginia Heffernan, writing for Wired, who was able to visit a TSMC plant in person. The journey to the fab was documented along with the visit itself, and we’ve pulled some interesting information from the story.
TSMC is a popular company to work for, with its 20,000 technicians that make up only one-third of the workforce. The starting salary for an engineer is equivalent to about $5,400 per month — in a place where rent is about $450 for a one-bedroom.
“We are doing atomic constructions,” Liu told Heffernan. “I tell my engineers, ‘Think like an atomic-sized person.'”