New TSMC plant in Arizona faces opposition from senators
Three Democratic senators propose that Apple’s processors be manufactured by US companies instead.
Last week, the Taiwanese TSMC announced that it plans to build a new plant in Arizona where, among other things, it will manufacture processors on Apple’s behalf.
However, three Democratic senators, more specifically Chuck Schumer, Patrick Leahy and Jack Reed, have written a letter to Minister of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Minister of Defense Mark Esper warning that the factory building may pose a threat to national security.
According to the three senators, it would be significantly better if they instead gave American companies such as Micron Technology, GlobalFoundries and Cree the chance to build the components in question, reports the Reuters news agency .
Worth noting in this context is that the US and Taiwan are allies, so it is unclear how a Taiwanese company could pose a threat to national security. Possibly, the senators are aiming for the factory to increase tensions between the US and China.
It can also be mentioned that none of the US chip makers have experience building what Apple needs, so the proposal is considered unrealistic.
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