A Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) wafer fab in Kumamoto, Japan, is scheduled to open on Feb. 24 and founder Morris Chang (張忠謀) is likely to attend the opening ceremony, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.
The source said TSMC chairman Mark Liu (劉德音) and CEO C.C. Wei (魏哲家) are to make an appearance at the opening ceremony for the Kumamoto fab, which is set to become the chipmaker’s overseas production site making the fastest progress in development, with Chang likely to witness the historic occasion.
TSMC announced plans to build the Kumamoto fab in November 2021. After the opening, mass production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of this year, focusing on specialty process development and producing chips made using the mature 12 nanometer, 16nm, 22nm and 28nm processes, Liu has previously said.
The new fab — Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing (JASM) — is a joint venture between TSMC and its Japanese partners, including Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corp and Denso Corp, and will have a monthly production capacity of 55,000 units a month, according to the Taiwanese chipmaker.
The source said in addition to Chang, TSMC is to invite board members, Japanese officials, business partners, suppliers and clients to attend the opening ceremony.
Local media reports said Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida could also attend the event and meet Chang.
At the APEC summit in San Francisco in November last year, Chang and Kishida discussed forming a closer semiconductor partnership between Taiwan and Japan.
TSMC has said it is studying the feasibility of building a second fab in Kumamoto which could make chips made with the advanced 7nm process or the mature 16nm process. Local news reports said the chipmaker could announce the second fab in Japan later this week.
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