TSMC Invests $17 billion in 5-Nanometer Fab

29 January, 2018

The new Fab 18 is currently under construction. It is scheduled for volume production of the advanced 5-nanometer in early 2020. Next step: 3-nanometer process


TSMC announced last week the construction of its Fab 18, Phase 1 facility at the Southern Taiwan Science Park. TSMC’s Fab 18 is scheduled for production of the advanced 5-nanometer process. It will be its fourth 12-inch GigaFab® in Taiwan. The facility will use cleanroom with total area of approximately 160,000 square meters (25 standard soccer fields). It  The Company plans to complete construction of Phase 1 and begin equipment move-in in the first quarter of 2019, with volume production in early 2020.

Phase 2 will start construction in third quarter 2018 and also enter volume production in 2020, while Phase 3 construction is scheduled for third quarter 2019 for volume production in 2021. Once all three phases enter production, the facility’s estimated annual capacity will exceed one million 12-inch wafers, providing 4,000 high-quality jobs.

“TSMC’s Fab 18 represents three important commitments from our company: our commitment to future growth, our commitment to continue moving technology forward, and our commitment to Taiwan,” said Chairman Dr. Morris Chang. “Our estimated investment in 5-nanometer technology is approximately $24 billion, and total investment in Fab 18 will exceed $17 billion.”

TSMC currently employs more than 10,000 people in the Southern Taiwan Science Park, and once Phases 1,2, and 3 enter volume production, more than 14,000 TSMC employees will be living and working in the Tainan area. The Company plans to build its 3-nanometer production facilities there as well.

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