TSMC celebrates 3nm chips in Taiwan as it quietly expands to the US

The second part of the famous phrase “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China” is under the watchful eye of many. As we have said on other occasions, too much centralization of production is risky. Not because of the nature of the government in China, but because any unforeseen situation, such as a power outage or natural disaster, jeopardizes the supply chain.

This is exactly what happened in the first months of 2020 and is still affecting production. And that’s one of the reasons why Companies like Apple are trying to diversify production and companies like TSMC, Cupertino’s largest chip maker, want to expand. Although secretly.

A celebration of relieving tension, albeit more than warranted

Taiwan’s situation is delicate. China considers it part of its territory while other nations consider it an independent country. Reasons for this included the technological importance of Taiwan great tension between the Asian giant and the small island on its coast. Military maneuvers, commentary, and other tug-of-war reveal a rather peculiar situation.

It fits in this context TSMC will open a plant in Arizona to manufacture future Apple chips, among other. A plant that should start its activity in 2024 and will be accompanied by a second plant that will do so in 2026. Meanwhile, TSMC has officially celebrated the arrival of 3nm mass production in its own house.

As reported in Focus Taiwan (via 9to5mac), a ceremony of this kind is not common. Analysts believe that such a step helps ease tensions created by expansion into the United States (whose investment is already $40,000 million) and wants to underscore its commitment to the island.

“Market analysts speculate that the company is holding the ceremony to announce its intention to continue using Taiwan as a research, development and manufacturing center despite its overseas investments.”

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A pretty smart move by the company that fits well with the fact that although 4nm manufacturing will start in Arizona, 3nm manufacturing is already starting in Taiwan and is expected to reach 2nm in 2025. So the future M2 Pro and M2 Max are coming to Mac in 2023 they will certainly come from Taiwan, as they recently celebrated, albeit symbolically.

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