Taiwan Semiconductor's new Fab 21
Phase 1 and 2 are now under construction
in Phoenix, Arizona (USA)
Mar. 8th 2023
TSMC's first semiconductor foundry Fab in the state of Arizona will produce 5nm chips, then 3nm chips for potiential customers including AMD, Apple, ARM, Broadcom, Marvell, MediaTek, Qualcomm and Nvidia.
This plant is designed to produce the most advanced semiconductor chips in the world. It is believed that this plant will be used to produce chips for the latest 5G technology, as well as for other cutting-edge applications.
The plant is also expected to create thousands of jobs in the region, and to provide a major economic boost to the state of Arizona.
This plant is part of a larger effort to create a new technological hub in the US, and to challenge the dominance of China in the semiconductor industry.
We paid a visit to North Phoenix, Arizona
to see the new TSMC Fab currently under construction:
The 1128 acres of land for the current site was purchased for $89M in December 2020 by TSMC AZ Corp.
The site is located in North Phoenix between Dove Valley road and the Loop 303 freeway, just west of the I-17 interstate that connects Flaggstaff and the Phoenix metro area.
Multiple large side openings on the Southern exterior of the Fab 21 building used for bringing in equipment and semiconductor tool sets.
Construction workers on crane lift are finishing work on the exterior of the Fab 21 building.
The new 1,050-acre campus lon the Sonoran Oasis Science and Technology Park will have seperate offices and semiconductor Fab building connected by a sky bridge.
Close-up of the Fab 21 semiconductor fab building's rooftop facilities equipment.
When complete, TSMC Arizona's two fabs will manufacture over 600,000 wafers per year, with estimated end-product value of more than US$40 billion.
Five story Office building with solar covered parking, adjacent to the Fab 21.
TSMC said it was spending US $12 billion on the Phoenix site, known as Fab 21, with the aim of initially producing 20,000 wafers a month chips on the chipmaker's 5nm manufacturing process by 2024. According to TSMC, Fab 21 will also create more than 1,600 new jobs.
Site services support building located to the East fo the Fab.
Construction taking place on the West side of Fab 21 building.
View looking looking South towards the Fab 21 construction site from the construction employees parking area.
Fab 21 South Eastern building facade before exterior siding is installed, showing main building's structure.
The Loop 303 freeway on-ramp located just South of the TSMC construction site.
Local Central Arizona water canal located West of the TSMC facility, providing key infrastructure needs to the site.
Electrical power lines running thru the Arizona desert North West of the TSMC site providing key infrastructure.
A large crane at the construction site with Fab 21 building to the left, and office support bulding to the right.
Linde PLC will build, own and operate a $600M complex of on-site plants to supply ultra-high-purity nitrogen, oxygen and argon to the TSMC factory.