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“Step right, step left”: TSMC battles US for semiconductor industry lead KXan 36 Daily News

Date: February 1, 2023 Time: 04:34:01

The semiconductor industry is playing an increasingly important role in the global economy. As this grows, so do tensions within the industry: in particular, TSMC’s recent initiative to “geographically diversify production of the latest processors” (by moving some of its production capacity to the United States) has caused undisguised alarm. only in Taiwan, but all over the world. The transformation of semiconductors from a “technology” to a kind of “political tool” forces companies to take national and regional interests into account. Thus, at present, the discourse is based not only on technological achievements and trends, but also on geopolitical motives.

“The semiconductor industry will develop rapidly over the next decade, and Taiwan will undoubtedly play an even more important role in the global economy,” said Mark Liu, president of TSMC.

Many customers and politicians are suspicious of Taiwan’s technological dependence. The situation is exacerbated by constant threats and the risk of an invasion by mainland China, which considers Taiwan part of its territory. Currently, more than 90% of TSMC’s capacity is located in Taiwan, but the company’s construction of two state-of-the-art 4nm and 3nm manufacturing plants in the US will change this ratio. However, Bloomberg, citing company officials, reports that Taiwan will remain TSMC’s main production base, in particular, it will be here that the production of chips using 2-nanometer technology (currently under development) will be implemented for the first time. .

The moves to expand and diversify production show how big TSMC’s influence is outside of Taiwan. However, the wave of discontent caused by the construction of new factories in the US shows that the company is not free to choose its future development paths.

Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.

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