Editor’s Note: The proposed agreement we’ve seen for continued participation in the second phase of the G450C consortium, which has an additional combined investment of $3.3B, requires each partner to build a 450mm fab in New York State if they are going to build one anywhere. While there are plenty of reasons to locate a fab in New York, access to continued consortium and state-sponsored 450mm research and development doesn’t hurt. Likewise, from a security stand-point, distributing ones fabs and, hence, eliminating a single area of failure, for example, in the event of a major earthquake in Taiwan, is an added plus for the TSMC and its customers.
Evidence is starting to mount that foundry chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., could be about to follow Globalfoundries Inc., in building a wafer fab in up-state New York.
If negotiations play out it could be one of the first commercial-scale wafer fabs set down ready to manufacture on 450-mm diameter wafers whenever that transition should come. And it could be set down next door to Globalfoundries’ Fab 8 in the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, one of the sites under consideration.
Reports have been circulating through November that a major semiconductor company has retained consulting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. to find a location for a 3.2 million square foot production facility.
Read more at: TSMC next for New York fab? – Electronics EEtimes.