TSMC reportedly asked by the U.S. to build a total of six fabs in the states
TSMC now hopes to build 6 “fabs” in the United States over the next three years
One source said that the U.S. was behind the request to build the additional fabs. He said, “The United States requested it. Internally TSMC is planning to build up to six fabs.” TSMC does have an older facility in the state of Washington and another in China that turns out older components as the vast majority of its high-powered chips are produced in Taiwan.
The initial factory is located in Phoenix, Arizona and TSMC is reportedly spending $12 billion to build it and get it running. Last month, TSMC also said that it would spend $100 billion over the next three years to expand its current chip production facilities. Because of the pandemic, there is a shortage of chips worldwide and this is having a negative impact on the automobile and tech industries as Ford is believed to be cutting production by 50% and Apple has warned of shortages for the iPad during the second half of this year.
TSMC was asked whether the expansion to as many as six total fabs was due to a request from the U.S. and stated that the decision to build addition fabs will be based on other factors. These factors were discussed by the company’s CEO C.C. Wei during a conference call last month following TSMC’s latest quarterly earnings report.
TSMC says that “Once there is any official decision, we will disclose it accordingly.”