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TSMC Solar Enters Production on Receiving UL, IEC and ISO 9001 Certification


TAICHUNG, Taiwan, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- TSMC Solar Ltd. announced today that it has received both Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) certification for a wide range of its TS CIGS series PV modules. Modules with nominal power of up to 130W are now listed on the California Energy Commission's (CEC) list of compliant PV modules.

"UL and IEC product certifications open the majority of the world's solar markets to TSMC Solar products," said Ying-Chen Chao, President of TSMC Solar. "We are also making rapid progress in acquiring the individual market and special purpose certifications required to compete in solar markets worldwide."

TS CIGS series modules have entered production this month, with customer shipments to begin in April. The modules are produced at TSMC Solar's highly automated manufacturing facility in Taichung, Taiwan. Demonstrating its commitment to best practices in quality and manufacturing excellence, TSMC Solar has received ISO 9001 quality management system certification.

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"Our team has done an outstanding job to rapidly achieve these important milestones less than four months after completing tool move-in," Mr. Chao emphasized. "TSMC Solar is pleased to have third-party verification of its ability to leverage its parent company's quarter century heritage of delivering technology innovation, quality and manufacturing excellence."

About TSMC Solar

TSMC Solar Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Inc. (NYSE: TSM), the acknowledged semiconductor dedicated foundry segment leader. TSMC's solar business was founded in May 2009 and is headquartered in Taichung, Taiwan, with regional sales offices in Hamburg, Germany; San Jose, California and Boston, Massachusetts.

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