The United States government has always wanted the world’s largest chipmaker, TSMC, to build an advanced process factory on U.S. soil. With all the support that the U.S. government is willing to provide, this will become reality soon. According to a recent report, TSMC has made progress in building a 5nm plant in the United States. Furthermore, the chipmaker has decided on the candidates for the new US plant director and preliminary management team.
According to insiders, the factory director will be the current TSMC technical director Wu Yihuang. In fact, Mr. Wu has already commenced work ahead of 2021 when the plant hopes to commence construction. Regarding this report, TSMC stated that it is actively preparing for its plant construction plan in the United States. However, it denies any progress in terms of the final plant construction decision. According to the company, it has no update on the plant construction plan.
In May of this year, TSMC announced that it intends to build and operate an advanced wafer fab in the United States under the common understanding and commitment support of the US federal government and Arizona.
TSMC said that the plant to be set up in Arizona will use the company’s 5nm process technology to produce semiconductor chips, with a planned monthly production capacity of 20,000 wafers. TSMC said that the fab will start construction in 2021 and mass production will begin in 2024. From 2021 to 2029, TSMC’s expenditures (including capital expenditures) on this project are approximately $12 billion.
TSMC currently has a fab in Camas, Washington, and design centers in Austin, Texas, and San Jose, California. Founded in 1987, TSMC is the world’s largest foundry semiconductor manufacturing plant. Its major American customers include Apple and Qualcomm.
The U.S. government is keen to bring the advanced chip manufacturing process home. We can speculate that the TSMC plant will employ a lot of American labour. This means that it is not only providing jobs for Americans, it is also training Americans on the development of an advanced manufacturing process.
Tesla is also building advanced process factories in the U.S.
TSMC is not the only technology company building plants in the U.S. Tesla, an American automobile company is also doing the same.
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