On the evening of October 10th, TSMC, a well-known semiconductor manufacturing company, announced two major breakthroughs in EUV technology. One was to use the 7nm EUV process for the first time to complete the customer chip, and the other was the 5nm process. Trial production will begin in six months!
This will be very big news for the downstream industry!
Beginning in April this year, TSMC's first-generation 7nm process was put into mass production. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR's A12 processor and Huawei Mate 20 series and Glory Magic 2's Huawei Kirin 980 processor are based on TSMC's 7nm process. produce.
However, the current 7nm is a traditional deep ultraviolet lithography (DUV) technology, and the new breakthrough EUV process will have no small progress compared to DUV.
At present, TSMC has not revealed which manufacturer's chip is successful in the 7nm EUV film. However, many people outside the world speculate that it is Apple. The A12 processor uses the first-generation 7nm process. As the most important customer of TSMC, Apple is naturally likely to be the first to enjoy the latest technology of TSMC.
Another breakthrough is that the 5nm process will begin trial production in six months. Regarding the 5nm process, there is not much information available today. However, according to AnandTech, the 5nm process can reduce transistor size by 45%, performance by 15%, and power consumption by 20% compared to the original 7nm process.
It is reported that the 5nm process EDA design tool will be available in November this year, so some customers should have begun to develop chips based on new processes. At that time, several major manufacturers working closely with TSMC will also launch their own flagship based on 5nm process. The chip, arguably quite worth looking forward to.
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