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TSMC will manufacture 3nm chips at its Arizona plant • CableFree TV

TSMC founder Morris Chang said today that semiconductor giant and supplier Apple will produce 3nm chips at its Arizona plant, although final plans are yet to be finalized. The plant is currently under construction plans to start production in 2024.

During a press conference in Taipei, Chang said that “3nm, TSMC has a plan right now, but it’s not fully finalized yet.” Reuters reports. “It’s almost complete – at the same facility in Arizona, second phase. 5nm is the first stage, 3nm is the second.”

On his Web site, TSMC says its 3nm technology, called N3, will be a full step ahead of 5nm technology and deliver up to 70% increase in logic density, up to 15% speed improvement at the same power, and up to 30% power reduction. at the same speed as its predecessor. It aims at mainstream technology in the second half of this year.

World’s largest foundry, TSMC is almost half of the most advanced chips in the world. The dominance of Taiwanese semiconductor companies (TSMC’s peers include Foxconn) is one of its main advantages over China, which considers Taiwan a province, but as a shortage of chips around the world hampers electronics manufacturing, it also calls into question the reliability of the supply chain.

TSMC’s Arizona plant along with the second, which is reportedly in the planning stages, are part of the Biden administration’s strategy to support U.S. chip manufacturing. TSMC is also building a plant in Japan and is in talks with the German government to build another plant in that country.

Other manufacturers working on 3nm chips include Samsung Electronics, which began to produce 3-nanometer chips in June, ahead of TSMC. The South Korean tech giant produces 3nm chips at its semiconductor facilities in Hwaseong and Pyeongtaek. Last year, Samsung said it would invest 171 trillion won ($132 billion) in its logic chip and foundry business by 2030, as well as building a semiconductor manufacturing plant in Texas.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org