TSMC Officially Announces Plan to Build $12 Billion Plant in the United States

TSMC Officially Announces Plan to Build $12 Billion Plant in the United States

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TSMC has officially announced that it plans to build and operate an advanced semiconductor fab in the United States with support from the U.S. federal government and the State of Arizona.

Here's the full announcement:

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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.

TSMC welcomes continued strong partnership with the U.S. administration and the State of Arizona on this project. This project will require significant capital and technology investments from TSMC. The strong investment climate in the United States, and its talented workforce make this and future investments in the U.S. attractive to TSMC. U.S. adoption of forward-looking investment policies to enable a globally competitive environment for a leading edge semiconductor technology operation in the U.S. will be crucial to the success of this project. It will also give us the confidence this and other future investments by TSMC and its supply chain companies will be successful.

In the United States, TSMC currently operates a fab in Camas, Washington and design centers in both Austin, Texas and San Jose, California. The Arizona facility would be TSMC’s second manufacturing site in the United States.
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The announcement is a major win for the Trump Administration which has been pushing to bring back manufacturing to America. In a recent national security report, the Pentagon identified Taiwan, in particular, as a single point-of-failure for most of the United States' largest, most important technology companies.

Intel has also been in talks with the Administration about operating a commercial U.S. foundry; however, we haven't heard any concrete plans from them just yet.

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TSMC Officially Announces Plan to Build $12 Billion Plant in the United States

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