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February 18, 2021 //By Peter Clarke
Reports: Europe wants Samsung and TSMC to enter fab project
The European Union is considering the construction of a wafer fab to build chips below 10nm and wants TSMC and Samsung to be involved, according to reports on Bloomberg and elsewhere.

Europe's interest in semiconductor production has in part been stimulated by a supply chain breakdown that has left a number of European automotive factories unable expand output after the Covid-19 pandemic (see Volkswagen faces massive chip shortages). However automobiles use relatively few chips manufactured on the most advanced processes.

That leading-edge currently stands at 5nm and European politicians are realising the strategic nature of being able to control IC supply as technologies such as artificial intelligence and 5G gain significance.

Europe's attempts to re-engage with chip production are being led by politicians such as German economy minister Peter Altmaier and Europan Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton (see Germany ready to help Europe invest 'billions' in chip manufacturing).

Related links and articles:

Taipei Times article

Bloomberg article

News articles:

Europe will try to rebuild semiconductor capability using pandemic recovery funds

Volkswagen faces massive chip shortages

TSMC has no "concrete" plans to make chips in Europe

Opinion: Time for Europe to wake from a 30-year slumber

TSMC has no "concrete" plans to make chips in Europe

Germany ready to help Europe invest 'billions' in chip manufacturing


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