In a move to bolster its U.S. manufacturing presence, Apple revealed plans to have Amkor package certain Apple silicon chips at its upcoming facility in Peoria, Arizona. The chips will be manufactured at a nearby TSMC factory, with Amkor handling the crucial packaging process to safeguard the chips from physical damage.
With an investment of approximately $2 billion, Amkor aims to create a workforce of over 2,000 employees once the facility is fully operational, as per Apple’s announcement.
Jeff Williams, Apple’s operating chief, emphasized the company’s strong commitment to American manufacturing, stating in a press release, “Apple is deeply committed to the future of American manufacturing, and we’ll continue to expand our investment here in the United States.” Williams also expressed excitement about the prospect of Apple silicon being both produced and packaged in Arizona.
Amkor, in its own press release, outlined plans to initiate limited production at the facility within the next two to three years. The company disclosed its application for CHIPS funding from the U.S. federal government to support the project financially.
While Apple has collaborated with Amkor for over a decade in packaging chips for all its products, the specific Apple silicon chips slated for packaging in the new Arizona facility remain unspecified. Apple silicon chips are integral components in various Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, Macs, and others.