TSMC plans a 3nm process to put into mass production in 2023, most of the first wave of production capacity will be left to Apple.
Earlier it was reported that TSMC will start mass production of the 3nm process in 2022, According to the reports, after the large-scale production of the 5nm process, the next-generation major chip process that TSMC will put into production will be 3nm. It is currently proceeding as planned. It is planned to start risky trial production in 2021 and large-scale in the second half of 2023.
Although there are still nearly two to three years before TSMC’s 3nm process is put into mass production, many manufacturers are paying attention to TSMC’s advanced process technology. Reports show that TSMC’s 3nm process has prepared 4 waves of production capacity, most of which will be left to their major customer Apple.
Most of the first wave of TSMC’s 3nm process capacity is left to Apple, which is also expected. Apple is a major customer of TSMC. Starting with the A10 processor in the iPhone 7 series in 2016, Apple’s A-series processors have been exclusively manufactured by TSMC. TSMC has today’s scale in addition to its leading technology, thanks to Apple’s large number of orders.
The 3nm process is a complete process node leap after 5nm, which will significantly improve the performance of the chip. At the financial report analyst meetings in the first and second quarters of this year, TSMC CEO Wei Zhejia talked about the 3nm process. He revealed that compared with the 5nm process, the 3nm process will increase the density of transistors by 70% and the speed of the chip by 10% to 15%, energy efficiency is increased by 25% to 30%.
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