Samsung and SK submit ‘semiconductor data’ to the US on the deadline… “Excluding sensitive information”

Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix submitted the semiconductor supply chain data requested by the US government on the 8th (local time), the deadline.

It is known that these domestic companies, who struggled with the scope of data disclosure until the very last minute, released data except for sensitive inside information.

Earlier, in the midst of a global semiconductor shortage, at the end of September, the US government asked the global semiconductor industry to answer 26 items ranging from general information to sensitive information such as semiconductor inventory, orders, sales, and customer information.

According to local sources in Washington DC, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix submitted related data to the Ministry of Commerce this afternoon.

It is known that both Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix submitted sensitive information.

It is reported that Samsung Electronics has removed sensitive information within the company, such as customer information as well as inventory, and marked all submitted data as confidential so that it is not disclosed to the public.

In the case of SK hynix, data deemed to be internally sensitive, such as customer information, was excluded, and some data were marked as confidential and submitted.

It is reported that SK hynix, which produces memory semiconductors, emphasized that the company is not related to the shortage of semiconductors for automobiles, which the US takes seriously, in the data released to the public, and suggested that it is working to recover the global semiconductor supply chain. .

Previously, the US government had agreed to submit sensitive information such as customer names for each industry by industry, such as automobiles, mobile phones, and computers, instead of providing detailed information by item when semiconductor-related companies were embarrassed to submit confidential information.

A source said, “I understand that the response was made with minimal sensitive parts.”

According to the U.S. federal government website, 67 companies had submitted data as of the previous day. Of these, 40 were posted on the site after review by the Ministry of Commerce as of 5:30 pm on the same day.

Companies can separate data that can be released to the public and data that are not. The US government reviews the submitted data and posts that a specific company has published the data.

Among the published materials, most of the publicly available materials are already known, and only the U.S. government can read materials marked as confidential.

Data from Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix have not yet been published on the federal site.

Taiwan’s TSMC, the world’s No. 1 foundry (semiconductor consignment production) company, submitted data privately on the 5th, excluding confidential information such as specific customer data.

Other Taiwanese companies, such as UMC (聯球), ASE (Sun Moonlight) in the semiconductor packaging test field, and GlobalWafers (環球晶), a semiconductor wafer manufacturer, also submitted data.

American memory semiconductor maker Micron and Israeli foundry company Tower Semiconductor also submitted data.

The deadline is 12 pm on that day, so the number of companies submitting data is likely to increase.

Commerce Secretary Gina Lamondo said in an interview with Reuters that she was confident that semiconductor manufacturers and others would voluntarily submit data before the deadline.

Minister Ramondo said that he had asked the CEOs of all semiconductor supply chain companies, including Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, and TSMC, to submit data.

However, he added that further action may be necessary if the submitted data are not sufficiently satisfactory.

Meanwhile, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Moon Seung-wook is scheduled to visit the United States on the 9th, one day after the data submission deadline, and meet with Minister Ramondo. Since the US’s request to submit data from the semiconductor industry is to identify and improve supply shortage bottlenecks, the two countries will seek long-term and short-term cooperation.

In relation to the steel tariff agreement between the United States and the European Union (EU), it is expected to discuss measures to ensure that there is no damage to Korean companies’ steel exports to the United States.


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