Washington in talks with chipmakers about building U.S. factories

Washington in talks with chipmakers about building U.S. factories WSJ

Washington in talks with chipmakers about building U.S. factories WSJ

Other solutions that have been proposed by US officials and industry groups include government investment in the domestic chip industry to support the high cost of building foundries, tax credits for semiconductor makers to buy and install equipment at U.S factories, and implementing more export restrictions for USA companies that ship microchips to buyers in China. Spokesman William Moss said Santa Clara, California-based Intel is well-positioned to work with the government "to operate a USA -owned commercial foundry".

The WSJ cited a source familiar with the matter, saying that United States authorities are also engaged in talks with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

"We are actively evaluating all the suitable locations, including in the USA, but there is no concrete plan yet", said the TSMC spokeswoman, Nina Kao.

Intel CEO Bob Swan said in a letter last month to two Pentagon officials that strengthening USA production "is more important than ever, given the uncertainty created by the current geopolitical environment".

It comes amid increasing diplomatic tensions between the USA and China during the coronavirus outbreak, with both sides trading barbs over who is to blame for the spread of the disease after already being involved in trade tensions for nearly two years.

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Intel is talking to the Trump administration about building a new semiconductor plant in the United States amid concerns about relying on suppliers in Asia for chips used in a wide variety of electronic products. He said it would be in the best interests of the United States and Intel to explore how the company could build a plant. Additionally, some USA officials are looking to expand the operation of South Korea's Samsung in the United States, a source familiar with the matter revealed to the WSJ.

TechCrunch has contacted Intel and TSMC for comment.

Intel, TSMC and Samsung Electronics are able to make chips of 10-nanometers or lower, the fastest and most power-efficient chips now on the market.

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