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Samsung expands Texas chip plant in investment race with TSMC

South Korean company angles for top spot amid US-China tech war

Samsung seeks to win chip manufacturing orders from big U.S. tech companies. (Photo courtesy of Samsung)

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics will expand its semiconductor factory in Texas to make room for next-generation manufacturing equipment as it seeks to wrestle the title of the world's biggest contract chipmaker away from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

TSMC has already announced a plan to build a new plant in the state of Arizona. As the U.S. and China vie for high-tech supremacy, the two Asian giants are stepping up spending to carve out a bigger slice of the American market, which is home to such leading tech companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon that design their own chips but use contractors for production,

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