The White House is in talks with two semiconductor companies about building new chip factories in the US. Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) are reportedly mulling over an American expansion. No final decisions have been made, according to Reuters.
A vast majority of Intel’s semiconductor fabrication (75 percent) is already performed in the United States; the firm has plants in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Oregon. But the Trump administration hopes to encourage a few more. “Intel is well positioned to work with the U.S. government to operate a US-owned commercial foundry and supply a broad range of secure microelectronics,” spokesman William Moss told Reuters. Intel did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.
The firm has previously met with the Department of Defense and expressed its interest in building a chip factory in partnership with the Pentagon. “This is more important than ever, given the uncertainty created by the current geopolitical environment,” Intel CEO Bob Swan wrote in a March letter to the DoD.
TSMC, meanwhile, has been in discussions with the U.S. Department of Commerce over the years. “[We] have always been open to building a fab overseas, and do not rule anything out,” the company said in an email to PCMag. “We are actively evaluating all the suitable locations, including in the US, but there is no concrete plan yet. It all depends on customers’ needs.”
Apart from its main base in Northern Taiwan, TSMC has several facilities in Southern and Central Taiwan, with other fabs located at its subsidiaries in China, Singapore, and the US; the company also boasts facilities across Asia, Europe, and North America.