Tim Cook Says Apple Device Chips Production Will Be Moved to the United States: At an event on Tuesday in Arizona, where President Joe Biden also spoke, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company will be purchasing microchips created in the United States.
According to footage from the event, Cook said that Apple will purchase chips manufactured at a new Arizona facility.
“And now, thanks to the hard work of so many people, these chips can be proudly stamped Made in America,” statement Cook.“This is an incredibly significant moment.”
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the world’s largest foundry, with more than half the market share, would own and operate the chip plants. The most cutting-edge CPUs, such as those found in Apple’s newest iPhones, iPads, and Macs, are all products of TSMC.
These facilities will be able to produce 4-nanometer and 3-nanometer circuits, the latter of which are utilized in high-end processors like Apple’s A- and M-series and Nvidia’s graphics processors.
Apple silicon unlocks a new level of performance for our users. And soon, many of these chips can be stamped “Made in America.” The opening of TSMC's plant in Arizona marks a new era of advanced manufacturing in the U.S. — and we are proud to become the site’s largest customer. pic.twitter.com/rBoiEUwZaX
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 6, 2022
“Today is only the beginning,” According to Cook had to say. “Today we’re combining TSMC’s expertise with the unrivaled ingenuity of American workers. We are investing in a stronger brighter future, we are planting our seed in the Arizona desert. And at Apple, we are proud to help nurture its growth.”
“Apple had to buy all the advanced chips from overseas, now they’re going to bring more of their supply chain home,” According to Biden.“It could be a game-changer.”
Apple, according to a tweet from Cook on Tuesday,“site’s largest customer.”
U.S. and European legislators have voiced concerns over TSMC’s reliance on Taiwan as a manufacturing hub in the event of a Chinese invasion or other regional disruptions. Manufacturers like TSMC and Samsung Foundry produce semiconductors for firms like Nvidia and Apple, which develop their own CPUs.
The Arizona manufacturing facilities will receive some financial support from the federal government. The CHIPS and Science Act, which Biden signed into law earlier this year, provides billions of dollars in incentives to businesses that establish chip manufacturing facilities in the United States.
On Tuesday, TSMC announced a $40 billion investment in its two Arizona facilities. By 2024, the Phoenix facility is scheduled to begin chip production. The Biden administration has projected that the second facility will begin operations in the year 2026.
The National Economic Council estimates that once the TSMC factories are running at full capacity, they will manufacture 600,000 wafers annually, which is more than adequate to fulfill yearly demand in the United States.
In 2020, TSMC will have manufactured 12 million wafers, well exceeding the capability of the United States factories.
On Tuesday, AMD CEO Lisa Su revealed that the company intends to make heavy use of TSMC’s facilities in Arizona.
Intel, another American chipmaker, has stated its intention to compete for Apple’s market and is constructing chip plants in Arizona and Ohio, with the help of CHIPS act subsidies.
Although Intel’s production capabilities now fall behind those of TSMC, the company said last year that it will serve as a foundry for other firms. Because of this, Intel is no longer a top choice for the most powerful processors.