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Tim Cook Promises ‘Made in America’ Chips for Future Macs and iPhones

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that Apple will buy US-made chips at an event in Arizona on Tuesday, where President Joe Biden also spoke, CNBC reported.

The plants located in Arizona will be owned and operated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). TSMC already makes processors for the latest iPhones, iPads and Macs.

TSMC currently manufactures most of its products in Taiwan. Enough to create logistical and security problems in the event of a Chinese invasion.

Chips with 4 and 3 nm etch fineness

The factories will be able to produce chips with etching accuracy of 4 and 3 nanometers for processors such as Apple’s A and M series and Nvidia’s GPUs.

The factories in Arizona will be partially subsidized by the US government. Earlier this year, the President of the United States signed the Chip and Science Act, which provides $52 billion in incentives for companies that build chip manufacturing facilities in the United States.

AMD also plans to become a major user of TSMC’s factories. Meanwhile, Intel says it wants to compete with Apple and is building chip factories in Arizona and Ohio. CHIPS law subsidies should also apply here, and chip production should start in 2025.

“These chips can be proudly labeled “Made in America.”

TSMC says it has spent $40 billion on two plants in Arizona. The first plant, located in Phoenix, is expected to produce chips by 2024. The second plant will open in 2026.

At full capacity, these two plants should supply components for annual US demand.

“And now, thanks to the hard work of so many people, these chips can proudly be called “Made in America,” says Tim Cook. “This is an incredibly significant moment. And this is just the beginning, he emphasizes. “We combine the experience of TSMC with the unrivaled ingenuity of American workers. »

“This could be a game changer,” Joe Biden insists.

Google does it too

And this movement is a movement of funds that also affects exploration across the Atlantic.

Last September, Google announced a partnership with the US government to supply chips and nanotechnology. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the US Department of Commerce has signed a collaboration agreement with Google to develop and manufacture these chips.

As part of the deal, Google will pay start-up costs and subsidize the first set of chips, which are expected to be open source projects.

SkyWater Technology will manufacture these chips as 200mm silicon wafers at its semiconductor manufacturing facility in Bloomington, Minnesota. Customers will then be able to slice the discs into thousands of individual chips at their own facilities.

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