Trying to solve the global chip shortage problem may lead to unexpected collaboration between different companies. According to Reuters, Sony and TSMC are considering setting up a joint chip plant in western Japan's Kumamoto prefecture. According to credible sources, TSMC will take over most of the plant's products, but the plant is to be built on Sony's land, close to the company's camera sensor plant. The Japanese government will provide half of the $ 7 billion project.
Japan's first plant, TSMC, is set to build camera sensors, car chips and other equipment. According to recent rumors, apparently auto parts giant Denso is also interested in working on the project. TSMC's first Japanese plant is expected to open in 2023 or 2024, but it appears that some companies are already seeking access to some of the Taiwanese company's products. Sony and TSMC declined to comment further on the project. Although TSMC has previously announced that they are considering the project.
TSMC's $ 1 billion to build a plant in Japan is not much compared to the company's $ 12 billion investment to build a processor plant in Arizona, but note that the company's Japanese plant will focus on making old, inexpensive 28-nanometer chips. Arizona will be responsible for producing 5-nanometer chips.
Given the global shortage of chips, building such a joint venture plant would not be too far off the mark. Some analysts predict that chip shortages around the world will continue until 2023. If the plant is built, it will help Sony, TSMC and the Japanese tech industry get rid of their chip and chipset deficiencies. The plant will also build a large fence around Sony, TSMC and Japanese tech companies that no longer have to worry about China-US tensions threatening their production in Taiwan.
It looks like the plant will be built on time. The importance of camera lenses is not hidden from anyone, even in budget phones. Therefore, the construction of this factory can play an important role in the production of these new technologies. The plant is expected to produce 40,000 processors per month based on the 28-nanometer TSMC manufacturing process. The news of the construction of the TSMC camera sensor and processor plant in Japan was announced after the company recently announced that it would allocate $ 100 billion to expand the research and development team, build new factories and deal with the problem of global chip shortages.