Dresden, Germany rumored to get a 12/16nm fabAccording to DigiTimes, TSMC will soon reveal new expansion plans for its 28nm and 12/16nm capacity. While TSMC is not a big fan of huge overseas expansion, the foundry is certainly willing to make investments where it makes sense. One of the problems of Europe is that it doesn't have a big, high-tech electronics industry -- so cutting-edge foundry services make little sense as these factories would not be churning out chips for European clients.
But production on more mature nodes for regional clients like NXP, Infineon and ON Semiconductor seems to be an option for TSMC. WinFuture reports TSMC has picked Dresden, Germany as the location for its first European plant. There is also talk about a new TSMC factory in Kumamoto, Japan.