Earlier this month, reports surfaced that TSMC was working on a second multibillion dollar factory in Arizona. The second plant will be located north of Phoenix, next to a $12 billion plant TSMC committed to building in 2020.
Chang told reporters in Taipei that this new plant will be the 3nm plant, while the first plant will be 5nm.
"Three-nanometre, TSMC right now has a plan, but it has not been completely finalised," said Chang. "It has almost been finalised - in the same Arizona site, phase two. Five-nanometre is phase one, 3-nanometre is phase two."
Notably, Apple CEO Tim Cook recently disclosed to employees that the company would source chips from a factory in Arizona starting in 2024.
“We’ve already made a decision to be buying out of a plant in Arizona, and this plant in Arizona starts up in ’24, so we’ve got about two years ahead of us on that one, maybe a little less,” Cook told the employees. “And in Europe, I’m sure that we will also source from Europe as those plans become more apparent.”
TSMC currently manufactures the A-series and M-series chips found in the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
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