TSMC 5nm chip to hit the mass production by the first half of 2020


Looking forward to the increasing demand for high-performance chips for 5G enabled devices, Taiwanese semiconductor company TSMC announced that the mass production of world’s first 5nm chips will start by the first half of 2020. The company has announced this on its latest quarterly earnings conference.

According to the company, the 5nm chips are more powerful than the present 7nm chips. They are expected to deliver greater power efficiency and more processing capability, depending on the needs of the chip designer. These 5nm chips will also enable to embed high-performance CPUs into wearables such as AR glasses and earphones that will make these devices more capable than ever.

With the launch of these 5nm chips, they will also enable next year’s 5G devices to deliver as much or more power as today’s models while running cooler, with less energy consumption. The latest news also reaffirms an earlier report that 2020 iPhones from Apple will be powered by TSMC’s 5nm process chipsets.

Rather than going face-first into the 5nm process technology, TSMC is also said to be expanding the 7nm capacity to meet growing demand including those from 5G device manufacturers. Company CFO Lora Ho expects strong demand from 5G smartphone and base station makers, though they can neglect the demand of older and larger pre-5G parts. 

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