Taiwanese chip maker, TSMC is currently the largest and most advanced in the world. Two years ago, TSMC produced a 7nm process and will mass-produce a 5nm process this year. These advancements allow the company to maintain a leading position in the chip-making business. Presently, TSMC’s 3nm process is in full gear while its 2nm research and development are on the way. According to TSMC’s plan, 3nm risk trial production will take place sometime next year. However, the mass production of this manufacturing process will commence in the second half of 2022.
According to recent reports, the Taiwanese manufacturer has something between the 5nm and 3nm processes. The reports claim that TSMC will also introduce a 4nm process. It will produce chips that are better than the 5nm but less than the 3nm process chips.
TSMC 4nm process will be cost-effective
Furthermore, the report claims that TSMC mentioned the 4nm process in the second-quarter conference info on its official website. The company states that it will start the 4nm process as an extension of the 5nm process. In addition, the 4nm process will be compatible with the design rules of the 5nm process. In addition, TSMC claims that the 4nm will be more cost-effective than the 5nm process. The target for this manufacturing process is the next wave of 5nm products which will go into mass production in 2022.
As for TSMC’s 3nm process, there is an official confirmation that it will continue to use FinEFT technology. The main consideration is that customers’ designs in the 5nm process can also be used in the 3nm process. There is no need to face the problem of redesigning products. TSMC can maintain its own cost competitiveness and gain more customer orders.
The report pointed out that the 3nm process will be mass-produced in the second half of 2022. Like we said earlier, the 4nm process is an extension of the 5nm process and maybe mass-produced in the first half of the year. The 3nm process is a new generation of TSMC’s chip manufacturing process node after 5nm. The 4nm process is just an intermediate phase for low-cost 3nm orders. In comparison with the 5nm process of this year, the transistor density of the 3nm process has increased by 15%, performance has increased by 10-15%, and energy efficiency has also increased by 20-25%.