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Apple and Intel become first to adopt TSMC's latest chip tech

Taiwanese company remains vital partner for American tech giants

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has described the company's relationship with TSMC as one of "co-opetition" -- a blend of cooperation and competition. (Source photos by Shinya Sawai and Reuters) 

TAIPEI -- Apple and Intel have emerged as the first adopters of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s next-generation chip production technology ahead of its deployment as early as next year, Nikkei Asia has learned.

The development shows how TSMC continues to be vital to U.S. companies' chip ambitions, even as Washington attempts to bring more semiconductor production to American soil.

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