The Trump administration is in talks with chipmakers including Intel and TSMC to build a plant in the United States, U.S. media reported. The move will help the US reduce its dependence on Asian imports. Some officials are also interested in helping Samsung Electronics expand into the U.S. market and produce more advanced chips in the U.S., U.S. media reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Samsung Electronics has established a plant in Austin, Texas.
The move was prompted by the new crown outbreak, which has raised concerns about the US’s reliance on chip manufacturing in Asia, particularly Taiwan. Taiwan-based TSMC is the world’s largest chipmaker and one of only three companies capable of producing the fastest and most cutting-edge chips, according to u.S. media.
TSMC has discussed the plant with officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Defense. The company also held discussions with Apple, one of its biggest customers.
TSMC said it was actively evaluating all suitable locations in the United States, but there were no specific plans.
Greg Slater, Intel’s vice president of policy and technology, said Intel was “very serious” about the plan. Intel will operate a plant that supplies both the government and other customers, he said.