The big picture: Chipmakers are investing money hand over fist in an attempt to alleviate the ongoing processor shortage, but with all of the cash on earth, time is the biggest enemy. Some, such as Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, consider it might take a few years until they’re ready to grab up with need.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is likely to develop several added chipmaking factories in Arizona.
The chipmaker, if you remember, announced in May 2020 that it would spend $12 billion to construct a new mill in Arizona. Upon completion, the factory is expected to turn out 20,000 semiconductor wafers per month on a 5nm procedure and create a few 1,600 high-tech projects.
Anonymous sources allegedly knowledgeable about the matter told Reuters that TSMC is preparing to build up to five additional fabs in Arizona. Sources didn’t say how much extra manufacturing capacity the new fabs would result in the table, nor did they mention what manufacturing technology they’ll utilize.
Two sources told Reuters the TSMC has its sights set about building six fabs. 1 person said the construction will happen within the next three decades, but the book was not able to independently validate that deadline (It’s uncertain if they meant six new fabs, or even six fabs complete including the one announced).
Just last month, TSMC announced plans to invest $100 billion within the next three years on expansion and R&D jobs, and yesterday, Intel said it would spend $3.5 billion to upgrade its processor manufacturing centers in New Mexico.
“Once there is any official decision, we will disclose it accordingly,” TSMC said when probed for comment by Reuters.