By John Kessler
The Taiwanese company TSMC has received permission from local authorities to build a high-tech factory for the production of 2nm chips. The plant will be located in northwest Taiwan.
Construction of the plant will begin early next year in the Hsinchu District and is expected to last until 2023.
The plant will cover an area of â€‹â€‹more than 20 hectares and will consume up to 98,000 tons of water per day – this is about half of the water consumption by all TSMC plants in 2020.
By the middle of the decade, Hsinchu will recycle 10% of industrial water, and by 2030 this share will reach 100%.
The Taiwanese authorities are ready to help TSMC maintain modern manufacturing facilities on the island, although the company will also implement its technologies in other countries.
For example, TSMC’s US plant will produce 5nm chips, while the company’s Japanese plant will focus on 28nm components. TSMC’s plans to build a plant in Europe are unclear.