The world’s leading semiconductor contract manufacturing and design company, TSMC, is reportedly planning to set up a handful of additional chipmaking factories in Arizona. This is according to sources with Reuters, who told the publication that up to five new fabs are in development for the Grand Canyon State. TSMC’s first Arizona factory, which was announced in May 2020 and currently in progress, is expected to offer a monthly output of 20,000 wafers using its 5-nanometer semiconductor manufacturing technology.
One person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters the expansion was in response to a request from the U.S., but declined to provide further details. “The United States requested it. Internally TSMC is planning to build up to six fabs,” the person said, adding that it was not possible to give a timeframe.