Taiwanese computer chip giant considers opening new plant in Singapore

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC, is exploring the possibility of setting up a new production facility in Singapore to help address the persistent global chip shortage, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The world’s largest independent semiconductor manufacturer and contract chip maker, one of Taiwan’s biggest companies and sole chip supplier to US consumer electronics major Apple is planning to build a new multi-billion dollar factory in the city-state and might get funding support from the government of Singapore, the paper cited individuals familiar with the matter,

TSMC is responsible for fabricating all of Apple’s custom silicon chips for the latter’s phones and computer products. While Apple’s chip orders have been prioritised over many other companies, limiting the impact of shortages on Apple customers, TSMC has still suffered from global supply chain issues.

Shifting production capacity

The proposed production lines in Singapore would manufacture chips with seven- to 28-nanometer fabrication processes, which are older production technologies. While Apple’s latest chips are manufactured with TSMC’s five-nanometer process and therefore could not be manufactured at the new plant in Singapore, the expansion would free up production capacity at other factories where chips for Apple are manufactured and help relieve global shortages.

Beyond the plans for a new plant in Singapore, TSMC is also building a $12-billion factory in Arizona, US to manufacture five-nanometer chips. TSMC’s main factories are located in Taiwan, but it also operates two plants in China, in Shanghai and Nanjing, a factory in Camas, Washington, as well as design centers in Austin, Texas and San Jose, California.

TSMC is also building a new factory in Japan with help from the Japanese government and investment by Japanese electronics giant Sony.



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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC, is exploring the possibility of setting up a new production facility in Singapore to help address the persistent global chip shortage, the Wall Street Journal reported. The world's largest independent semiconductor manufacturer and contract chip maker, one of Taiwan's biggest companies and sole chip supplier to US consumer electronics major Apple is planning to build a new multi-billion dollar factory in the city-state and might get funding support from the government of Singapore, the paper cited individuals familiar with the matter, TSMC is responsible for fabricating all of Apple’s custom silicon chips for the...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC, is exploring the possibility of setting up a new production facility in Singapore to help address the persistent global chip shortage, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The world’s largest independent semiconductor manufacturer and contract chip maker, one of Taiwan’s biggest companies and sole chip supplier to US consumer electronics major Apple is planning to build a new multi-billion dollar factory in the city-state and might get funding support from the government of Singapore, the paper cited individuals familiar with the matter,

TSMC is responsible for fabricating all of Apple’s custom silicon chips for the latter’s phones and computer products. While Apple’s chip orders have been prioritised over many other companies, limiting the impact of shortages on Apple customers, TSMC has still suffered from global supply chain issues.

Shifting production capacity

The proposed production lines in Singapore would manufacture chips with seven- to 28-nanometer fabrication processes, which are older production technologies. While Apple’s latest chips are manufactured with TSMC’s five-nanometer process and therefore could not be manufactured at the new plant in Singapore, the expansion would free up production capacity at other factories where chips for Apple are manufactured and help relieve global shortages.

Beyond the plans for a new plant in Singapore, TSMC is also building a $12-billion factory in Arizona, US to manufacture five-nanometer chips. TSMC’s main factories are located in Taiwan, but it also operates two plants in China, in Shanghai and Nanjing, a factory in Camas, Washington, as well as design centers in Austin, Texas and San Jose, California.

TSMC is also building a new factory in Japan with help from the Japanese government and investment by Japanese electronics giant Sony.



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