As expected, Apple’s A-series chipmaking partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) today announced it will build and operate an advanced semiconductor factory in Arizona. Construction is planned to start in 2021, with production targeted to begin in 2024.
The facility is expected to turn out approximately 20,000 chips per month using TSMC’s latest 5-nanometer fabrication process. The facility is expected to create over 1,600 high-tech professional jobs directly, and thousands of indirect jobs in the semiconductor ecosystem.
TSMC’s total spending on the project, including capital expenditure, will be approximately $12 billion USD from 2021 to 2029.
In the United States, TSMC currently operates a fabrication factory in Camas, Washington, and has design centers in both Austin, Texas and San Jose, California. The Arizona facility would be TSMC’s second manufacturing site in the United States.