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TSMC Plant Won’t be Cutting-Edge: Japan Times

The plant in Kumamoto prefecture will focus on producing 22- to 28-nanometre semiconductors, which are critical to the vehicle sector


A worker inspects TSMC-made chips at a packaging plant in Ipoh, Malaysia. Photo: Reuters

 

The planned Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company factory won’t be making cutting-edge 5-nanometre semiconductors, leading to doubts over how the project can advance Japan’s chip industry, the Japan Times reported.

The proposed fab in Kumamoto prefecture, to be made in cooperation with Sony, will focus on producing 22- to 28-nanometre semiconductors, which are critical to the vehicle sector.

Computer chips of those sizes do not represent the latest technology, but the fact that TSMC is building a production base in Japan is expected to stimulate the domestic chip industry, Yuji Miura, a senior researcher at the Japan Research Institute, said.

Read the full report: The Japan Times

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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.

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