TSMC is Ramping up 5nm Production, 2nm in Plan
As 7nm components have begun to reach the consumer space in 2019, chip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has already worked on its plans for 5nm and even 2nm manufacturing.
At the recent 33rd anniversary celebration of TSMC, Mark Liu, chairman and co-CEO of the company, talked about the company’s plans on its advanced process – 5nm process will roll into mass production next year and the most advanced 2nm process has been underway.
According to TSMC, the company has finished the development of its 5nm process whose mass production date could be as early as next March in 2020. That is almost one quarter ahead of the previous schedule. At the same time, the company has increased its capacity on 5nm process from the previously planned 47,000 wafers per month to 51,000 wafers.
In terms of its 2nm chips, the upcoming 2nm process plant will join lots of other TSMC facilities in Hsinchu, Taiwan – where the well-known Science Park hosts 400 tech companies including the likes of Acer, AUO, Lite-On, Realtek and Zyxel. It is expected that R&D will be completed and the new 2nm facility be opened by 2024.
As per the official figures, compared with the 7 nm process (first-gen DUV), the Cortex A72-based new 5 nm chip features 1.8x logic density, ~15% speed improvement, and ~30% power reduction.
Though the company refused to disclose the order amount of its 5nm chips, the most advanced process has attracted first-tier companies including Apple, Hisilicon, Qualcomm, Bitmain, etc.
Seeing clients’ soaring interest in 5nm process, TSMC said it had decided to pour an additional $4 billion to increase production capacities available to its customers.
The upcoming 5nm and 2nm process will no doubt boost the bitcoin mining space with great improvement in power consumption and efficiency. When 7nm chips were applied to bitcoin mining rigs, the bitcoin mining industry saw the machine’s hashrate jump above 30T and even 70T.