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TSMC on track for mid-2020 5 nm production, 3 nm scheduled for 2022

5 nm production is just 6 months away; next stop: 3 nm in 2022. (Source: TweakTown)
5 nm production is just 6 months away; next stop: 3 nm in 2022. (Source: TweakTown)
TSMC is anticipating great demand for its upcoming 5 nm production process, as more and more smartphone integrators are looking to outfit handhelds with 5G modems. The 3 nm process coming in 2022 is expected to bring considerable performance gains for AMD's desktop PCs, and if TSMC sticks to this release schedule, we could be seeing sub-1 nm semiconductors by 2025.
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TSMC senior vice president of fab operations JK Wang recently informed that the 5 nm semiconductor volume production is still on track for 2H 2020. This should significantly help boost the 5G mobile chip adoption rate, and TSMC will probably be once again overbooked with orders. But the booming production has its benefits, too. More revenue means that the Taiwanese fabs can plan ahead for upcoming smaller nodes, like the 3 nm and 2 nm ones.

There should also be an intermediary 6 nm node, but TSMC is not promoting this node too much. Meanwhile, the company has increased its CapEx spending for improved 7 nm and 5 nm nodes, focusing mostly on transitioning all the 7 nm facilities towards 5 nm production lines. The jump to 5 nm will help streamline the power efficiency for SoCs that integrate a fast 5G modem akin to the rumored Apple A14 Bionic chips that are expected to launch in late 2020.

As for the 3 nm nodes, TSMC plans to have this type of production lines ready by 2022. The jump to 3 nm will bring significant performance gains for AMD’s desktop and server processors, and it will be interesting to see how Intel is going to fair out with its 7 nm CPUs. Moreover, TSMC has already started research for the 2 nm nodes, but we have yet to see how the company will handle the sub-1 nm production process.

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Bogdan Solca
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I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-12-10 (Update: 2019-12-10)