TSMC and Sony considering joint chip factory, Japan gov’t to help -Nikkei

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The plant is expected to produce amiconductors for automobiles, camera image sensors and other products that have been hit by global chip shortages.

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TOKYO – Taiwan’s TSMC and Japan’s Sony Group Corp are considering jointly building a chip factory in Japan, with the government willing to pay for some investment of about 800 billion yen ($7.15 billion), according to the Nikkei reported on Friday.

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The plant in Kumamoto, southern Japan, is expected to produce semiconductors for automobiles, camera image sensors and other products hit by global chip shortages, and is expected to begin operations by 2024, the report said. .

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Both Sony and TSMC declined to comment. But TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker and major Apple Inc. supplier, said in July that it was reviewing plans to set up production in Japan.

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TSMC is concerned about the concentration of chipmaking capacity in Taiwan, which produces most of the world’s most advanced chips. China does not rule out using force to bring the democratic island under its control.


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