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TSMC plans to make advanced chips in Arizona, says founder

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwanese chip maker TSMC plans to produce chips with advanced 3-nanometer technology at a new factory in Arizona, the United States, but says plans are not yet fully finalized. , the company’s founder Morris Chang said on Monday.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), a major supplier to Apple Inc. and the world’s largest contract chip manufacturer, is building a $12 billion factory in Arizona.

Reuters reported last year that TSMC plans to build more chip manufacturing plants in Arizona. This includes discussing whether the next fab should be more advanced, capable of producing chips on 3nm technology compared to slower and less efficient 5nm chips. It will be mass-produced when the facility starts production.

Chang told reporters in Taipei after returning from the APEC summit in Thailand that the 3-nm plant will be located at the same Arizona site as the 5-nm plant.

“There are current plans for TSMC at 3-nanometer, but they are not fully finalized,” said Chang, who has left TSMC but remains influential in the company and the wider chip industry. I’m here.

“It’s pretty much finalized — the same Arizona site, phase 2. 5nm is phase 1 and 3nm is phase 2.”

TSMC, Asia’s most valuable public company, declined to comment, citing a statement earlier this month that it was building a potential second fab site in Arizona but had not made a final decision.

The company is holding a “tool-in” ceremony in Arizona on December 6th.

Chang said he will attend with TSMC customers and suppliers and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

Chan added that US President Joe Biden has also been invited, but he doesn’t know if he will go.

Taiwan’s dominant position as a maker of chips used in technology ranging from mobile phones and cars to fighter jets has put the world at risk, especially as China mounts military pressure to assert its sovereignty claims. have raised concerns that they are too dependent on islands.

Both the U.S. and Europe are offering billions of dollars in incentives to reach out to companies, especially in Taiwan, to enable them to make chips closer to home.

Chan said people are just waking up to the importance of chips.

“There are a lot of people who are jealous of Taiwan’s excellent chip manufacturing,” he said. “So many people want to manufacture more chips in their own country for various reasons, such as for national security or making money.”

“A lot of countries asked me if I could go to their countries to make chips,” Chan said at an APEC meeting.

He didn’t say what country they were.

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