Update- TSMC Announces New plant:
TSMC in a press release has confirmed they will be building a new plant in the State of Araionz in cooperation with the US government, as per the release:
This facility, which will be built in Arizona, will utilize TSMC’s 5-nanometer technology for semiconductor wafer fabrication, have a 20,000 semiconductor wafer per month capacity, create over 1,600 high-tech professional jobs directly, and thousands of indirect jobs in the semiconductor ecosystem. Construction is planned to start in 2021 with production targeted to begin in 2024. TSMC’s total spending on this project, including capital expenditure, will be approximately US$12 billion from 2021 to 2029. This U.S. facility not only enables us to better support our customers and partners, it also gives us more opportunities to attract global talents. This project is of critical, strategic importance to a vibrant and competitive U.S. semiconductor ecosystem that enables leading U.S. companies to fabricate their cutting-edge semiconductor products within the United States and benefit from the proximity of a world-class semiconductor foundry and ecosystem.
Less than a week after initial reports that TSMC is planning to move production into the United States, The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is set to make the announcement as early as Friday. The announcement will consist of plans to build a production factory in Arizona, as per the report:
TSMC is expected to announce the plans as soon as Friday after making the decision at a board meeting on Tuesday in Taiwan, according to people familiar with the matter. The factory could be producing chips by the end of 2023 at the earliest, they said, adding that both the State and Commerce Departments are involved in the plans.
The new plant will make its 5-nm chips, the same chip rumored to be in the upcoming iPhone 12 lineup. Sources told the paper that it should be functioning by 2023 and that the US Department of State and Commerce was also in the loops on the project. Exact details over TSMC’s plans remain unknown including a budget, time frame, or if it or Apple will face any benefits from the move.