Taiwan chip maker TSMC to build $12 billion worth chip factory in Arizona

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TMSC) has announced its intention to build and operate a $12 billion advanced semiconductor facility in Arizona, the United States. Notably, the construction is planned to start in 2021 with production targeted to begin in 2024.

According to the company, this facility will utilise 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.

This decision to build the facility in the US comes after Donald Trump administration has sought to jump-start the development of new chip factories in the US and reduce reliance on China. It’s worth mentioning here that, TSMC, Taiwan-based firm does have a plant in China and have some high profile client including Huawei.

TSMC said that it has decided to build a new plant with a mutual understanding and commitment to supporting from the US federal government and the State of Arizona.

According to the company, this project is of critical, strategic importance to a vibrant and competitive U.S. semiconductor ecosystem that enables leading US 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.

In the United States, TSMC currently operates a facility 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.