Synopsys-Backed China Chip Firm Accused of Poaching TSMC Talent

Taiwan is investigating whether a Chinese chip firm backed by US-based Synopsys Inc. is illegally poaching engineers from local giants including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., underscoring growing concern about Beijing’s economic ambitions.

Agents raided the local offices of Advanced Manufacturing EDA Co. in March, acting on allegations that the Chinese chip design software firm was actively hiring away people from TSMC, the island’s Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau said in a statement. District prosecutors in Hsinchu have decided to defer prosecution of two Taiwanese individuals associated with the firm known as Amedac, though that could change upon review, a spokesman for the prosecutorial office said.