World's Largest Semiconductor Manufacturing Foundry 'TSMC' Starts Construction of Arizona Factory

TSMC , the world's largest semiconductor manufacturing foundry , which supplies semiconductors to well-known manufacturers such as Apple, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and AMD, announced that it has begun construction of a new semiconductor manufacturing plant in Arizona, USA.

TSMC says construction has started on Arizona chip factory | Reuters

TSMC starts construction of 5nm chip plant in Arizona | AppleInsider

TSMC manufactures not only consumer chips, but also chips used in the American stealth fighter F-35 . However, as trade tensions between the United States and China have increased in recent years, the US government has also demanded that Taiwan-based TSMC begin manufacturing chips in the United States.

US government demands domestic production from the world's largest semiconductor manufacturing foundry, is it due to conflict with China --GIGAZINE

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And in May 2020, it was reported that TSMC plans to build a 5nm process semiconductor manufacturing plant in Arizona, USA. TSMC officially started manufacturing chips using the official 5nm process in June of the same year, and began supplying Apple's A14 chips and other products.

Will TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturing foundry in charge of Apple's chip manufacturing, build a factory in the United States? --GIGAZINE

And on June 1, 2021 local time, CEO Wei Tetsuya (CC. Wei) was held in Arizona at the 2021 annual symposium, which was held online for the second consecutive year due to the influence of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19). It reported that it announced that the construction of a semiconductor manufacturing plant had begun.

It is said that 12 billion dollars (about 1.31 trillion yen) will be invested in the factory in Arizona, and according to Way CEO, if construction goes smoothly, mass production by the 5 nm process will actually be in 2024. It will start. AppleInsider, which reported the incident, points out that part of the production capacity at the Arizona plant could be used for chips for automakers using AI and so on.

TSMC has announced that it will invest $ 100 billion over the next three years to expand its semiconductor manufacturing capacity, and plans to add five more factories in Arizona in May 2021. It is reported that . TSMC is planning to expand the factory in Arizona in a span of 10 to 15 years, and it is said that it is considering making it a manufacturing factory of 3 nm as well as 5 nm.

Wei also said that TSMC's next-generation 3nm process chip manufacturing technology is also making good progress and plans to start mass production using the 3nm process at its 'Fab 18' plant in Taiwan in the second half of 2022. TSMC claims that 3nm process chips improve performance at the same power by 10-15% and reduce power consumption at the same performance by 25-30% compared to 5nm process chips.

At its annual symposium, TSMC also mentioned that it is a world leader in chip manufacturing using extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV lithography) and that it manufactures chips using the 2nm process.

TSMC Shares Major EUV Chipmaking Lead and Plans For 2nm Production Plant

TSMC is promoting the introduction of EUV lithography in chip manufacturing, and it is said that it owns more than 50% of the EUV lithography equipment existing in the world. With the shrinking size required by modern chip manufacturing processes, TSMC is becoming more important with EUV lithography equipment, and by introducing EUV lithography equipment in more processes, chip defects are more important than in traditional processes. Claims to be reduced.

In addition, TSMC plans to build a new factory in Hsinchu City , Taiwan, which will manufacture using the 2nm process, and the new factory will be called 'Fab 20'.

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