GlobalFoundries sues TSMC, wants to ban US imports for Apple and Nvidia chips

GlobalFoundries (GF) has filed patent proceedings against Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world, claiming that the TSMC processors infringe the patents of GlobalFoundries in the US and Germany, through Tom & # 39; s hardware. As part of the lawsuit, GlobalFoundries is trying to block the import of processors that are said to rely on those patents to produce – including all Apple iPhones and iPads, every Google Pixel smartphone, every Nvidia GPU and more.


Although the legal battle is at an early stage, the court can have a major impact on consumer technology in favor of GlobalFoundries: together with Apple, Google and Nvidia, GF also calls on companies such as Asus, Broadcom, Cisco, HiSense, Lenovo, Mediatek , Motorola, OnePlus, Qualcomm and TCL who also rely on TSMC chips for their hardware as part of the lawsuits.

All in all, GlobalFoundries says TSMC infringes on 16 patents, – 13 in the US and another three in Germany – the of which you can find a list here. Unlike TSMC, GlobalFoundries is not specifically involved in consumer electronics. GF does offer some chips for AMD, which are not included in the intended list of companies despite that AMD relies on TSMC for producing its more recent 7nm process hardware.

GlobalFoundries also announced it would be last fall termination of the development of a future 7 nm technology node for producing chips (making AMD primarily using TSMC chips) and instead shifting its strategy to more targeted applications such as RF and IoT chips. Without the ability to compete on a technological level with silicone juggernauts such as TSMC and Samsung, GF seems to have decided that the next best option is to use its patents to win on a legal battlefield instead.

"These lawsuits are aimed at protecting those investments and the American and European innovation that drives them," said Gregg Bartlett, SVP of engineering and technology at GF in the company's announcement of the lawsuit. “For years, while we spend billions of dollars on domestic research and development, TSMC has been unlawfully reaping the benefits of our investments. This action is crucial to stop the illegal use of Taiwan Semiconductor by our vital assets and to protect the US and European manufacturing base. "