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TSMC "kicks off" 2 nm R&D; research underway for post 2 nm nodes too

We are still years away from 2 nm chipsets. (Image source: TSMC via Overclock3D.net)
We are still years away from 2 nm chipsets. (Image source: TSMC via Overclock3D.net)
DigiTimes has offered up another vague report, this time about TSMC's development of 2 nm nodes. Reported last year by TechWeb, DigiTimes now claims that "progressing in research and exploratory studies" for after 2 nm, too. Either way, we are not going to be seeing 2 nm chipsets for a while yet.
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Knowledge about TSMC's plans to develop 2 nm nodes have been around for a while now, with TechWeb reporting last year that the manufacturing process will become operational in 2024. Now, DigiTimes is claiming that TSMC has "kicked off its 2 nm process R&D", hardly an expansion on TechWeb's report last year. As Tom's Hardware notes, DigiTimes has published "painstakingly few details" about TSMC's 2 nm nodes. Similarly, TechRadar summarises that DigiTimes has not provided "a wealth of information" in its report.

However, it seems that TSMC has moved from being ready to research 2 nm nodes to actively developing them. Citing an annual shareholders report, DigiTimes claims that the chip foundry is "progressing in research and exploratory studies" for after 2 nm, too. Presumably this would be a node manufactured on a 1 nm process, although there remains some debate about whether this is even possible.

Regardless, do not expect 2 nm chipsets before the middle of the decade at the earliest. According to TechWeb, 3 nm nodes will not enter mass production until 2022, so we could still be a few years from seeing 3 nm chips too. We could be about a year away from 5 nm chipsets hitting the shelves though, with the A14 Bionic, Exynos 1000, Project Whitechapel and the Zen 4 architecture all based on 5 nm processes.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-04-28 (Update: 2020-04-28)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.