According to reports, TSMC, which manufactures chips for Apple, Huawei and other companies, has been at the forefront of the industry in chip technology in recent years. The 7nm process last year brought in $9.3 billion in revenue for TSMC. After nearly two years of mass production of the 7nm process, the more advanced 5nm will also be put into mass production. At a recent conference call with financial analysts, TSMC CEO and Vice Chairman Wei Zhejia talked about the mass production of the 5nm process.
Wei Zhejia said that in 2020, the industry-leading 7nm process and strong 5nm demand will strongly support TSMC’s business development. The mobile, high-performance computers, IoT and automotive will have strong growth trends.
TSMC will commence the mass-production of the 5nm process in the first half of the year. At the conference, Wei Zhejia also revealed that compared with 7nm process, 5nm is a complete process node span, which can theoretically increase the density of transistors by 80% and speed by 20%. 5nm production capacity will have a rapid and steady growth in the second half of the year and is expected to contribute 10% of TSMC’s revenue.
Like the 7nm process that was mass-produced in 2018 and became the main source of revenue last year, TSMC will continue to improve the 5nm process in the future, which will be the main process technology in the future. Wei Zhejia revealed at the meeting that they will continue to improve chip performance, energy consumption, and transistor density through 5nm process solutions. The company is confident that 5nm will be another large and long-term process for TSMC.