TSMC may build new multi-billion dollar chip plant in Singapore

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Apple Silicon manufacturer TSMC is reportedly in talks to build a major new fabrication facility in Asia, as part of measures to address the global chip shortage.




As its new $12 billion plant in Arizona is delayed, TSMC is said to be having preliminary talks with Singapore's Economic Development Board about building a new facility there.

According to the Wall Street Journal, no decision has been made yet, but TSMC is negotiating for the local government to help fund the project. Reportedly, multiple governments have been attempting to attract processor manufacturers, specifically to reduce global reliance on Taiwan and China.

"Securing supply chains for essential components is a key issue for the Singapore government," an unspecified source told the publication, "and it is following in the footsteps of the US and Japan."

A separate source says that TSMC is looking to build the facility to manufacture between 7-nanometer and 28-nanometer processors. These are used in some smartphones, but are more widely seen in cars and other devices.

No specific location or budget estimate is known for the potential Singapore plant, but TSMS has reportedly budged between $40 billion and $44 billion for its overall capital expenditure in this financial year.

Singapore is already home to many processor manufacturers including ones who are supplying, or have supplied, Apple. They include Micron Technology, which is believed to supply flash memory for the iPhone.

Apple itself has a long history in Singapore, with Tim Cook recently celebrating 40 years since the company began making the Apple II there.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    pslicepslice Posts: 149member
    Why????? China’s a mess!
  • Reply 2 of 11
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member
    Well, it’s a start. India, Vietnam next?
  • Reply 3 of 11
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    pslice said:
    Why????? China’s a mess!
    Someone needs to brush up on their geography.
    lolliver
  • Reply 4 of 11
    crowley said:
    pslice said:
    Why????? China’s a mess!
    Someone needs to brush up on their geography.
    Maybe they meant TSMC should use China over Singapore because China is a mess? :) 
    edited May 2022
  • Reply 5 of 11
    waveparticlewaveparticle Posts: 1,497member
    Short AAPL!
  • Reply 6 of 11
    dewmedewme Posts: 5,282member
    crowley said:
    pslice said:
    Why????? China’s a mess!
    Someone needs to brush up on their geography.
    Seriously, yes. Singapore is one of the most business friendly and socially/culturally inclusive countries on the planet. Yeah, they can come across as being a bit too controlling but when you jam that many people into such a small space you need to put some rules in place and enforce them to avoid mass chaos. Of course it’s not a panacea by any means, but the differences between doing business in Singapore versus doing business in China could not be any further apart. 
  • Reply 7 of 11
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 1,767member
    crowley said:
    pslice said:
    Why????? China’s a mess!
    Someone needs to brush up on their geography.
    Haha
  • Reply 8 of 11
    AngmohAngmoh Posts: 25member
    They are most likely talking about a capacity increase of SSMC. SSMC is a joint venture between NXP and TSMC and makes the type of ICs mentioned. They are due for a major upgrade.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 1,767member
    Short AAPL!
    Good idea. You go first and let us know how that works out for you. 🙄
  • Reply 10 of 11
    ForumPostForumPost Posts: 64member
    I guess they don't want to build one in the neighbouring Malaysia (even though with far cheaper cost and larger geographically) as intel already established there along with AMD (plus Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, Broadcom, Micron Technology and NXP)
  • Reply 11 of 11
    danoxdanox Posts: 2,711member
    dewme said:
    crowley said:
    pslice said:
    Why????? China’s a mess!
    Someone needs to brush up on their geography.
    Seriously, yes. Singapore is one of the most business friendly and socially/culturally inclusive countries on the planet. Yeah, they can come across as being a bit too controlling but when you jam that many people into such a small space you need to put some rules in place and enforce them to avoid mass chaos. Of course it’s not a panacea by any means, but the differences between doing business in Singapore versus doing business in China could not be any further apart. 
    Not if you are a indigenous person.
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