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TSMC and Sony to invest $7 billion in their new chip factory in Japan



TSMC and Sony to invest $7 billion in their new chip factory in Japan


The construction of the new chip factory represents an important step forward for the world’s largest chipmaker, which is moving its advanced semiconductor production outside its home country for the first time.

THE TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) announced earlier this week that it would invest a significant amount of money, around US$7 billion, in its new chip factory, which will be built in Japan.

The construction of the new chip factory represents an important step forward for the world’s largest chipmaker, which is moving its advanced semiconductor production outside its home country for the first time. Emphasis is given to the fact that the company is investing a significant sum of money alongside the Sony, which has committed to invest 500 million dollars in this factory. This new chip factory will also provide Sony semiconductors that will be used in the company’s image sensor business, according to a previous company report.

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A Reuters report says that construction of the new chip factory will start next year and that the first batches of chips will be produced by the end of 2024. In a joint statement, the Sony and the TSMC stated that “the factory is expected to directly create around 1,500 high-tech professional jobs and have a monthly production capacity of 45,000 12-inch wafers”. In addition, the facility will manufacture 22 nanometer chips and 28 nanometer chips to satisfy the high demand for specialty chip technologies in the market.

The Japanese Government also expressed strong support for the project, although it is unclear whether this support included financial assistance at this time. However, we know that officials at the Japanese Ministry of Industry consider this a success, as they have been trying for some time to bring the factory from TSMC For the country. Despite global semiconductor shortages, unstable supply chains and even trade disputes between the United States and China, demand for critical components for production continues to rise. As a result, Japan is likely to reap the benefits of this new chip factory.