TSMC's customer base can be said to cover the vast majority of technology giants, but it is not the company that made the most chips in December.The honor was won by Samsung, whose manufacturing capacity of 3.1 million wafers per month exceeds TSMC's 2.7 million wafers. That means Samsung accounts for nearly 15% of global wafer supply.
Samsung's lucrative memory business is undoubtedly an important reason for its winning the first place. NVIDIA uses Samsung's customized version of 8nm technology in its consumer ampere product line, and insists on using TSMC and its 7Nm FinFET technology in its A100 accelerator.
The problem caused by the shortage of chips is well documented, affecting industries such as PC hardware, cars and game consoles - even the Biden administration is involved in trying to solve the problem. Surprisingly, the production of the top five wafer manufacturers increased by 40% year on year in December, indicating that most of the shortages are caused by unprecedented consumer demand brought about by the epidemic.