TSCM: The United States Government has been chasing him for a long time. Its poor relations with many of the Asian countries jeopardize the trade in electronic products. Trump was concerned about relying too heavily on tech companies on the Asian continent and prefers that most of the production takes place on US soil.
TSCM announces the construction of a 5nm chip factory in the United States
Earlier in the week, we learned that the US Administration was in negotiations with the world’s leading processor manufacturers, Intel, TSMC and Samsung. At that time Intel was the most enthusiastic, compared to TSMC that did not want to make statements about it. Until today it has announced the definitive signing of an agreement between the US and the company to move part of the production to Arizona.
The new factory will build 5nm chips, the smallest, fastest, and most efficient on the market right now, which we will see in premium mobiles from 2021. However, the factory will not start building until 2021 and the 1,600 workers to be hired will not start working there until 2024.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is one of the main suppliers of Apple processors, so it is highly likely that the chips manufactured in Arizona will end up being part of the iPhone sold in the country. However, despite the fact that Apple is one of the technology companies par excellence in the US, it also manufactures in Asia, specifically in China.
The company Tim Cook said in 2012 that would assemble their Macs at its plant in Austin (Texas, United States). However, during this time it has been shown that the level of production and costs offered by countries like China is very difficult to match.
TSMC, for its part, ensures that in the new factory up to 20,000 chip wafers per month and thousands of chips will be extracted from each one. ” This project is of critical strategic importance to a US semiconductor ecosystem, ” the company said in a statement.
The benefits will be seen over time since it is not only necessary to take into account the jobs that will be created, but the costs that they may entail for the final products that consumers will buy and the conditions that this new agreement implies. Neither the company nor the United States Government has clarified the rules that have been stipulated in the agreement.
On the one hand, this new collaboration could help TSMC by preventing the US Administration from approving a new special export license that would make it more difficult for them to ship chips and other technology products from China to the US. While on the other hand, it could be inconvenient if the agreement stipulates that the US Department of Commerce. The US can ban TSMC from selling its chips to other companies like Huawei.
At the moment, none of these conditions have been confirmed and while everything goes ahead in 2021, construction will begin on the new factory, in addition to another that already has TSMC in Camas, Washington, and the design centers in Austin, Texas and San Jose. California.