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Chip Boost

In Short: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) plans to make its most advanced, 2-nanometer chips in Arizona by 2028, ramping up U.S. chip production in response to geopolitical pressures and growing technological demands. What’s going on? Ever heard of a “fab”? It’s not just a shortened form

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Chip Boost

In Short: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) plans to make its most advanced, 2-nanometer chips in Arizona by 2028, ramping up U.S. chip production in response to geopolitical pressures and growing technological demands.

What’s going on?

Ever heard of a “fab”? It’s not just a shortened form of “fabulous” but in the tech world, it means a semiconductor fabrication plant. TSMC, a heavyweight in chip manufacturing, is expanding its footprint in the U.S. with not just one, but potentially three high-tech fabs in Arizona. The first plant is set to start rolling out chips next year, but it’s the promise of the 2-nanometer technology by 2028 that’s really turning heads.

Why is everyone talking about nanometers? Well, the smaller the number, the more advanced the chip. These tiny tech marvels are at the heart of everything from your smartphone to sophisticated AI systems that might be driving your car in the near future. So, next time you want to impress someone just show them your nanometer knowledge - guaranteed hit.

Why does it matter?

This is about more than just chips. It’s about economic strategy, national security, and technological independence. Why the big deal with making them on U.S. soil? With most advanced chips currently produced in Taiwan, growing tensions with China have fuelled U.S. efforts to localize production. By doing so, they hope to safeguard supply chains and boost domestic capabilities in a sector that underpins virtually all modern technology.

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The U.S. government is putting money where its mouth is, too, with billions in grants and loans under the Chips Act to sweeten the deal for TSMC. This isn’t just about keeping up with tech trends but setting the stage for the U.S. to be a frontrunner in the next wave of technological innovation.

But it’s not all smooth sailing. While moving to 2-nanometer tech is a futuristic leap, it doesn’t mean companies like Nvidia will ditch their current Asian partnerships overnight. They’ll have new options but won’t be uprooting decades-long supply chains immediately. Plus, TSMC’s investment in the U.S., impressive as it is, still plays second fiddle to its expansions back in Taiwan.

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