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[ZDnet] TSMC to drop $12 billion on Arizona plant

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will build a facility in Arizona capable of producing chips using a 5-nanometre process.

The plan comes as COVID-19 has highlighted just how much the United States relies on global supply chains for technology production.

"This project is of critical, strategic importance to a vibrant and competitive US 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," TSMC said in a statement.

"The strong investment climate in the United States, and its talented workforce make this and future investments in the US attractive."

The creation of the Arizona facility follows the firm's decision to build its first US fab in Camas, Washington and design centres in Austin, Texas, and San Jose, California.

Construction is set to begin in 2021 with production in 2024. Capacity will be 20,000 semiconductor wafers per month.

According to TSMC, the investment will cost an estimated $12 billion from 2021 to 2029.
Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/tsmc-t...arizona-plant/

5nm plant in the US.. interesting. Wonder how that will affect prices down the road.

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Why Arizona? Wouldn't the dust affect keeping a hermetic space?
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Why Arizona? Wouldn't the dust affect keeping a hermetic space?
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TSMC will be a prey under US law and could be even requisitioned depending on the mood of the US President.
I wonder how much pressure they have received to obey to such a blackmail...
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Why Arizona?
Probably the same reason Intel has fabs in Arizona? Including Intel's new fab42 that will be for their top of the line 7nm node. I believe this would be Intel's 4th fab in Arizona alone. They must be doing something right in the state to attract the fabs from these companies.


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Any reason they don't pay Intel/Globalfoundries/IBM to build a new fab that only produces for the government?
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While I'd like to see it happen, it will be interesting to see how the PRC reacts to the idea.


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Any reason they don't pay Intel/Globalfoundries/IBM to build a new fab that only produces for the government?
Yes. They suck at sub 14nm processes.

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Yes. They suck at sub 14nm processes.
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TSMC will be a prey under US law and could be even requisitioned depending on the mood of the US President.
I wonder how much pressure they have received to obey to such a blackmail...
probably just as much as they'd get from the CCP in China.

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and somehow this is still alive. new filings as recent as last week.

still though, they just leveled out @ $340 a piece... after a low of ~$180 during covid hype.

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