TSMC plans advanced chip production in Arizona, says the company’s founder

TAIPEI (Reuters) – TSMC plans to produce chips with advanced 3-nanometer technology at its new plant in the US state of Arizona, but the plans have not yet been completed, founder of the Taiwanese chip maker Maurice Chang said on Monday.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) (2330.TW), a major supplier to Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and the world’s largest chip maker, is building a $12 billion plant in Arizona.

Last year, Reuters reported on TSMC’s plans to build more chipmaking plants in Arizona, including discussions about whether its next plant should be a more advanced one that can make 3nm chips than slower and less efficient 5nm chips. nm and that will be so. When the facility begins production.

Speaking to reporters in Taipei after returning from the APEC summit in Thailand, Zhang said the 3-nanometer plant will be located at the same site as the 5-nanometer plant in Arizona.

“Three nanometers, TSMC now has a plan, but it has not been fully completed,” said Zhang, who has retired from TSMC but remains influential in the company and the broader chip industry.

“It’s almost done — at the same Arizona site, phase two. Five nanometers is phase one, 3nm is phase two.”

TSMC, Asia’s most valuable listed company, declined to comment, pointing to its statement earlier this month that it had not reached a final decision while it was building a site for a potential second fab plant in Arizona.

The company is holding a “Tools” party in Arizona on December 6th.

Zhang said he will attend along with TSMC’s customers and suppliers and US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

Zhang added that US President Joe Biden has also been invited, but he does not know if he will go.

Taiwan’s dominant position as a maker of chips used in technology from cell phones and cars to fighter jets has raised concern that the world relies too much on the island, especially as China ramps up military pressure to assert its sovereignty claims.

Both the United States and Europe are offering billions of dollars in incentives to push companies to bring chips closer to home, courting Taiwanese firms in particular.

People have just woken up to how important chips are, Zhang said.

“There are a lot of jealous people, who are jealous of the excellent chip manufacture in Taiwan,” he said. “So there are also a lot of people who for various reasons, whether it’s national security or to make money, are hoping to manufacture more chips in their countries.”

“Many countries asked me, can we go to their countries to manufacture chips?” Zhang said in his APEC meetings.

He did not mention any countries.

(Reporting by Sarah Wu) Written by Ben Blanchard. Editing by Edmund Kellman, Muralikumar Anantharaman, Jerry Doyle and Louise Heavens

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