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TSMC’s Fab18 plant has produced 1 quintillion transistors for Apple

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TSMC’s Fab18 plant has produced 1 quintillion transistors for Apple

Wired columnist Virginia Heffernan recently visited TSMC’s Fab 18 factory and shared some interesting information.

TSMC currently has 13 foundries in operation, of which Fab 18 carves and etches 1 quintillion (one billion billion, 10 to the 18th power) transistors for Apple.

The report that TSMC currently has more than 20,000 technicians, accounting for one-third of the total number of employees. The monthly starting salary of an engineer is US$5,400 (currently about 36,882 RMB), and as a measure, the one-bedroom rent in the area is about US$450 (currently about 3,074 RMB).

Heffernan pointed out that TSMC engineers see American engineers as “babies” who are mentally incapable of running a state-of-the-art fab.