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TSMC Solar Commercial-size Modules (1.09 Square Meters) Set 15.1% Efficiency Record

 TSMC Solar Commercial-size Modules (1.09 Square Meters) Set 15.1% Efficiency
                                    Record

  PR Newswire

  TAICHUNG, Taiwan, Jan. 31, 2013

TAICHUNG, Taiwan, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TSMC Solar Ltd. today
announced confirmation by both TUV SUD and UL that its commercial-sized (1.09
square meters) champion CIGS module has achieved 15.1% module total area
efficiency. The champion module sets a new world record for monolithic
thin-film module efficiency, and was produced using the current manufacturing
equipment and materials at the company's manufacturing facility in Taichung,
Taiwan.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130131/HK49967 )

"In just one year, our process technology has made great progress. Our
champion modules now have comparable module efficiency to mainstream
multi-crystalline silicon modules, demonstrating TSMC Solar's ability to
realize the high-efficiency potential of our CIGS technology. Our technology's
superior competitiveness comes from its high efficiency, excellent high
temperature performance and intrinsic cost structure advantages," said
Ying-Chen Chao, President of TSMC Solar.

"Customers appreciate our ability to continuously improve module efficiency.
In addition, TS CIGS Series modules deliver up to 5% additional energy yield
over crystalline silicon in high temperature regions," said Stephen McKenery,
TSMC Solar Worldwide Sales Head.

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 with market capitalization exceeding US$90 billion.
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.

For more information, please go to www.tsmc-solar.com .

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Website: http://www.tsmc-solar.com