據美國科技部落格Apple Insider最新消息，台積電上周末在紐約州魚溪市（Fishkill, NY）舉辦人才招募說明會，業界猜測，台積電可能為了蘋果合作案，準備在紐約州建立晶圓廠。
溪市離紐約曼哈頓不過一小時的車程，投顧公司Piper Jaffray分析師賈格狄許‧艾爾（Jagadish Iyer）對Apple
Insider表示，IBM 20 奈米以下製程的先進晶片技術開發中心就位於台積電招募會附近，若台積電真在這裡建廠，將會是很好的地點選擇。
目前，蘋果旗下iPhone、iPad、iPod touch到Apple TV所搭載的A系列晶片，全由設在美國德州奧斯汀的三星晶圓廠負責，但三星獨霸的情景，將逐漸淡化。
今年6月，據《華爾街日報》（The Wall Street Jorunal）報導，台積電與蘋果簽訂合約，將在2014年為新一代iPhone與iPad供應20奈米晶片，讓蘋果減少對三星的依賴。（更多報導請見「蘋果攜手台積電，與三星分手仍有難度」）
【新聞來源】TSMC holds job fair in NY, fueling rumors of new US chip fab for Apple
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
recently held a job fair in upstate New York, helping to drive up
expectations that the chipmaker is planning to open a chip fabrication
plant in the area to build mobile processors for Apple.
TSMC's recruitment was heavily centered around the Fishkill, N.Y., area,
Jagadish Iyer of Piper Jaffray revealed in a note to investors provided
to AppleInsider on Tuesday. He believes that's an ideal area,
because IBM is at work in the area on advanced chip technology using
If TSMC is in fact looking to set up shop in the U.S., Iyer believes
that a key reason for this move would be Apple. After years of rumors,
Apple finally inked a deal with TSMC in June to begin building mobile chips in 2014, a move that could allow it to reduce reliance on rival Samsung.
"With Apple's supply chain for processors shifting to TSMC from Samsung,
we believe Apple could better monitor its supply chain while de-risking
itself," Iyer wrote. "Though press reports have surfaced recently on
Apple trying to secure a wafer fab, our checks do indicate that Apple
has been hiring a number of process technologists in chip
He believes Apple could provide financial assistance to TSMC for
building a U.S.-based factory, and in return the chipmaker would have a
line dedicated to Apple. This would give Apple the ability to actively
monitor progress while leaving day-to-day management to the chip experts
Iyer's checks indicate the engineers hired initially from TSMC's job
fair will likely start in Taiwan initially. But he sees the company's
recruitment in the area as a sign that it is eyeing a newer facility in
New York as a viable option.
"We saw a parallel when Global Foundries announced a major fab in Malta,
New York and a sizable number of employees were stationed in Dresden
before they moved back to Malta," Iyer wrote. "Further, with the state
of N.Y. providing incentives to Global Foundries in its new fab, we are
also likely to see some form of similar assistance to TSMC as its
embarks on this endeavor."
Details were first revealed last December regarding "top secret" plans for a new chip factory in upstate New York. At the time, the state was said to be bidding on a mysterious project identified only as "Azalea," said to be tied to a major Apple supplier.
Currently, Apple's A-series chips for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and
Apple TV are built by Samsung in Austin, Tex. But Samsung is also
Apple's chief rival, and fierce competition along with dozens of patent
infringement lawsuits have driven a wedge between the two companies.
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