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TSMC Considers Building Next Cutting-Edge Chip Plant in the U.S.

  • World’s top contract chipmaker is pondering a range of sites
  • A U.S. plant would mean a multibillion-dollar investment

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is considering the construction of a multibillion-dollar microchip fabrication plant in the U.S., a move that will help President Donald Trump’s effort to bring high-tech jobs and investment to the country.

The world’s largest contract semiconductor maker, which makes chips for popular devices such as Apple Inc.’s iPhones, is considering a range of locations -- including the U.S. -- for a cutting-edge 3-nanometer plant. The company has yet to finalize its plans and will come to a decision in the first half of 2018, TSMC director of corporate communications Elizabeth Sun said.