Today in Cleantech

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said yesterday that it, like many semiconductor companies, is on the lookout for new markets, and according to some reports, the company thinks it could generate more than $2 billion in revenue from opportunities that include solar and LEDs. The company’s not alone. The semiconductor business is struggling in the face of a long recession and the success of less powerful, smaller-margin chips like Intel’s Atom, but demand for green technologies is going strong — and, as emerging technologies, innovative products could help semiconductor companies bolster their margins. A new GigaOM Pro report out today looks more closely at one one of those opportunities: LED solid-state lighting.