Today, TSMC Chairman, Liu Deyin, said after a shareholders’ meeting that TSMC will continue to ship to Huawei. He also revealed that TSMC’s shipments for Huawei in the second half of this year will be better than the second half of last year, mainly because the world’s most advanced new products require 7nm process chips.
TSMC believes that it meets the requirements of US export control and will not stop supplying to Huawei. On May 26, TSMC officially announced that the second-generation 7nm+ process (7nm N7+) has been mass-produced. This is the first time that TSMC has also mass-produced EUV lithography technology, leading Intel and Samsung.
Earlier, it was reported that Huawei’s new generation of Kirin chips will be named Kirin 985 and it will be manufactured using TSMC’s second-generation 7nm EUV lithography process. It will also use FC-PoP packaging process and will continue to integrate 4G baseband but the 5G baseband can be plugged in. TSMC has already had successful trial productions of the Kirin 985 and it will be mass-produced in the third quarter. This chip is expected to be used in the Huawei Mate 30 series. It is reported that TSMC is steadily advancing the next-generation 5nm process which fully applies EUV technology. It is expected to go into mass production in the first quarter of 2020.
Since the United State government added Huawei Technology to its entity list, it has been one bad news or another for Huawei. A couple of companies and associations have withdrawn their association from Huawei as a result of the ban. The likes of AMD, ARM, Google, Intel, Qualcomm, etc. have suspended cooperation with Huawei. Associations like Wi-Fi Alliance, JEDEC (Solid State Technology Association), SDA (SD Association) and PCIe standard also canceled Huawei’s membership. Although, the above-listed associations have since rescinded their decision.