Company founder Morris Chang says the world has just realized the importance of advanced chips.
Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC plans to produce technology-advanced 3-nanometer chips at its new factory in the US state of Arizona, but the plans are not yet fully finalized, company founder Morris Chang said on Monday.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, a major supplier to Apple and the world’s largest contract chipmaker, is building a $12 billion plant in Arizona.
Last year, the Reuters news agency reported on TSMC’s plans to build more chip-making factories in Arizona, including discussions about whether its next plant should be more advanced and could make chips using 3-nanometer technology compared to 5 nanometer chips, slower and less efficient. that will occur when the facility begins production.
Chang, speaking to reporters in Taipei after returning from the APEC summit in Thailand, said the 3-nanometer plant would be located at the same Arizona site as the 5-nanometer plant.
“Three nanometers, TSMC now has a plan, but it hasn’t been fully finalized,” said Chang, who retired from TSMC but remains influential in the company and the broader chip industry.
“Almost finished, at the same site in Arizona, phase two. Five nanometers is phase one, 3 nanometers is phase two.”
TSMC, Asia’s most valuable listed company, declined to comment.
The company will hold a “tooling induction” ceremony in Arizona on December 6.
Chang said he would attend, along with TSMC customers and suppliers and US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.
Chang added that US President Joe Biden has also been invited, but he did not know if he would go.
Taiwan’s dominant position as a maker of chips used in technology from mobile phones and cars to fighter planes has caused concern that the world becomes too reliant on the island, especially as China ramps up military pressure to assert its claims to sovereignty. .
The United States and Europe are pouring billions into incentives for companies to make chips closer to home, courting Taiwanese companies in particular.
Chang said that people had just realized the importance of tokens.
“There are a lot of people who are jealous, jealous of Taiwan’s excellent chipmaking,” he said. “So there are also many people who, for various reasons, whether it’s for national security or to make money, are hoping to make more chips in their countries.”
Chang said in his APEC meetings: “Many countries asked me, can we go to their countries to make chips?”
He did not say which countries those were.