TSMC to build Arizona silicon fab facility

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will build a new fabrication facility in the United States, the company has announced. Rumors slipped out through the Wall Street Journal late last week, but the company has since announced the move itself with a formal press release (via TechPowerUp).

TSMC is building the facility in Arizona with plans to start construction in 2021. Production will finish in 2024, the company says. The facility will start with TSMC’s 5-nm fabrication technology and expects a 20,000 semiconductor-wafer-per-month capacity. The company says the facility will create 1,600 high-tech jobs for Arizona, and “thousands of indirect jobs in the semiconductor ecosystem.” TSMC is going to put $12 billion into the project between the 2021 start date until 2029.

The decision apparently comes as a result of involvement from the government. TSMC mentions a “continued and strong partnership with the U.S. administration and the state of Arizona” on the project. The company also has a fabrication facility in Camas, WA, as well as design facilities in Austin, TX and San Jose, CA.

TSMC’s skillset is in high demand right now, as the company is handling orders from Apple, Nvidia, AMD, and Intel. With COVID-19 making importing goods more difficult, it makes sense that a company doing a lot of importing like TSMC is would want to skip a step where possible.

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Blastdoor
Blastdoor
6 months ago

I’m glad for national security reasons that TSMC is doing this, but it’s a national disgrace that Intel has lost its manufacturing lead.

Star Brood
Star Brood
6 months ago

The cooling costs will need to be next-level. Hope they somehow don’t destroy too much wildlife in the process, but given the Arizona government’s view “we don’t care about the environment, the earth is only 5000 years old” I don’t hold out much hope.

chuckula
chuckula
6 months ago

Buhlieve me this fab will be Yuge!!

But the transistors are so tiny! It’s like a superduper tiny transistor from a yuge fab!

Don’t tell China ok?

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