TSMC starts construction of 5nm chip plant in Arizona

Apple partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. on Tuesday said construction of a new $12 billion chip plant has begun in Phoenix, Ariz., with the facility expected to produce wafers built on the company’s 5-nanometer process.

Chip WaferTSMC CEO C.C. Wei announced the development during the company’s annual symposium, which was held online for the second year in a row due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, reports Reuters.Plans to build out the $12 billion chip foundry were confirmed last year, and TSMC in March arranged bond sale to partially fund the operation.

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