TSMC approves $3.5 billion 5nm fab in Arizona

Posted on Thursday, Nov 12 2020 @ 12:02 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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TSMC's future chip production plant in Arizona is one step closer to reality as the Taiwanese foundry's board has approved the $3.5 billion investment. The project will be co-financed by TSMC the state of Arizona, and the US federal government. Construction is expected to start in 2021 and the fab should start churning out commercial wafers with 5nm chips in 2024. In total, TSMC expects capital expenditure for the Arizona fab will amount $12 billion from 2021 to 2019. The facility will employ 1,600 people directly and thousands more indirectly.
Construction of the fab is scheduled to start in 2021 and the fab is projected to start high-volume production in 2024. The initial production capacity target of the facility is about 20,000 wafer starts per month (WSPM) and one of the nodes to be used there is TSMC's 5 nm, which probably means N5 as well as N5P fabrication technologies. TSMC’s evolutionary N4 process might land there as well, but the company has not formally announced this.
Via: Tom's Hardware


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