TSMC reportedly planning on building six new manufacturing facilities in the U.S.
In a much-needed bid to address the massive global semiconductor shortage, Taiwan-based TSMC is planning to ramp up its manufacturing. The chipmaker plans to set shop in Arizona, USA, as a part of its global expansion endeavour. This move comes after Joe Biden signed an executive order that incentivizes manufacturers to shift base to the United States.
Construction of the said plant is likely to begin this year. Under ideal conditions, production will start in 2024. This particular location will serve as a 'mega fab' that will be twice the size of a regular TSMC manufacturing plant. The report states that this plant will focus on 5nm chips. However, we can also expect it to make some 3nm parts, given that future Intel and Apple products will require it.
This is similar to Samsung's plans for setting up a fab in Austin, Texas, for which it has earmarked US$10 billion for the endeavour. TSMC, however, is far more ambitious. A report from the Taiwanese media outlet UDN suggests that TSMC plans on building a total of six fabs in the state. All six of them are expected to crank out about 100,000 12-inch (300mm) wafers each at their peak.