Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) has decided against constructing an advanced chip factory in a rural area of northern Taiwan following protests from local residents who did not wish to relocate to accommodate an expansion of an industrial park. The company will collaborate with the government-run Science Park Administration to assess suitable land in Taiwan for semiconductor fabrication facilities. No specific alternative sites were mentioned.
TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, had plans for a 1-nanometer chip factory in Longtan, as reported by the Central News Agency in December, citing an official from the Science Park Administration.
Currently, TSMC’s most advanced technology in mass production is its 3-nanometer process.
Taiwan’s Economy Minister, Wang Mei-hua, assured that the government will assist TSMC with its land, water, and power requirements, recognizing the semiconductor industry’s significance to the island.
Chen Chi-mai, the mayor of Kaohsiung in the south, where TSMC is building a 2-nanometer chip factory, stated that the city has ample resources for further semiconductor facilities, emphasizing the value of preparedness for seizing opportunities.