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TSMC's 12-inch wafer fab project in China approved

TSMC's 12-inch wafer fab project in China approved

TSMC's 12-inch fab project in China approved

The Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs Wednesday approved Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) application for an investment project to build a wholly-owned 12-inch wafer manufacturing facility and a design service center in Nanjing, China with a total capital investment not exceeding US$3 billion.

As the first case of Taiwan’s first wholly-owned 12-inch fab in China, TSMC’s application has been approved by more than 10 related government agencies since the company first submitted its application to the Investment Commission on Dec. 17 last year.

TSMC said it will soon begin construction of the facility on a selected day since the project has been approved by the commission.
The planned capacity of the facility is 20,000 12-inch wafers per month, and would be scheduled to begin volume production of 16nm process technology in the second half of 2018, which is three years later than TSMC’s Taiwan plant, the company said.

The facility is aimed at increasing business opportunities for TSMC and providing services to customers around the globe instead of specifically designated customers, TSMC added.