A report published by Taiwan's Economic Daily (UDN) on Tuesday suggests a fab evaluation team from TSMC is planning to investigate sites within Germany. Reported as a rumor, a decision by the world's largest contract chip maker to open a foundry in Germany could have a big impact on the region and affect rivals hoping to set up thriving semiconductor ecosystems on the continent like Intel. Several ideas could be behind TSMC's purported European expansion plans. First, the European continent is relatively affluent, with multiple modern industrialized nations that are home to many businesses requiring semiconductor components to finalize their products. Secondly, US-aligned countries like Taiwan don't want to fall foul of US-China sanctions, so they are steering clear of establishing new semiconductor facilities in the communist party-controlled country. Lastly, as we see it, TSMC will not want Intel to dominate the European market once all its string of investments across Germany (mega site with two chip fabs), France (design and R&D hub), and Italy (advanced semiconductor packaging and assembly) are established on the doorstep of significant high-tech businesses in Europe like automotive, aerospace, and so on. Sources speaking to UDN indicate that the idea of TSMC opening a fab… Read full this story
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