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TSMC 5 nanometer fab in Tainan to start production in 2020

2018/10/19 21:20:47

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Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (台積電), the world's No. 1 contract chipmaker, is set to start mass production of 5 nanometer chips at its factory in Tainan in 2020, Tainan City government said Friday.

Earlier in the day, Acting Mayor of Tainan Lee Meng-yen (李孟諺) and the city's Bureau of Economic Development chief Yin Shih-hsi (殷世熙) paid a visit to the site which is currently under construction and has workforce of over 5,000.

Both Lee and Yin thanked TSMC for investing in Tainan and promised to provide all possible assistance to ensure the project remains on schedule.

According to Yin, production equipment will be installed at the fab early next year while mass production is slated to begin in 2020. The ground-breaking ceremony at the 40-hectare site was held in January.

Since establishing its first factory in Tainan Science Park in 1997, TSMC has gradually expanded production and currently has a 70-hectare site that employs about 10,000 workers, the city government said in a statement.

Meanwhile, TSMC also has plans to build a 3 nanometer chip factory in the park, with an estimated investment of NT$1.1 trillion (US$35.52 billion), which could create more than 10,000 job opportunities for the city, the statement said.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Flor Wang)