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TSMC to Charge up to 30% More for Chips Made in the U.S.

TSMC has repeatedly complained that building a fab outside Taiwan is much more expensive than building a fab inside Taiwan. As it turns out, foundries are prepared to pass on those extra costs to their customers. That means U.S. customers will have to pay up to 30% more for U.S.-made chips than for Taiwan-made chips. Digi Times Story.

TSMC has begun discussions with customers about ordering and pricing for both overseas factories, which are expected to begin commercial production in the second half of 2024. Industry insiders believe that chips made on TSMC’s N4 and N5 process technology will cost 20% to 30% more in the US. Older process chips produced at the Kumamoto facility in Japan at the N28/N22 and N16/N12 nodes can cost 10%-15% more than similar chips made in Taiwan.

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