TSMC Will Start Producing 5nm Nodes in 2019, Says CEO
While Samsung has managed to beat both Intel and TSMC in the race for 10nm chipset, the latter is still the world’s largest foundry and they are promising not to disappoint.
The company’s co-chief executive officer, Mark Liu, was recently attending their earnings call for the fourth-quarter of 2015 where he shared the financial reports as well as future plans of the company.
While addressing the shareholders, Liu has revealed plans of starting to produce 5nm nodes as early as 2019 which would be about one year after they start producing the 7nm nodes in 2018.
The 7nm nodes are expected to launch in 2019 which suggests that if everything goes well TSMC will be able to launch the 5nm nodes in 2020 i.e. four years from now.
Liu also said that despite the setbacks that they have had with the production of the 10nm and 7nm nodes, they are ready to start using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography for the manufacture of the 5nm nodes:
We’ve made significant progress with EUV to prepare for its insertion, likely in 5nm. We are installing third-generation EUV tools. Our goal is to double the data-processing throughput for application processors, graphic processors, programmable gate arrays and other processors.
However, the officials have not clarified whether they mean that by 2020 TSMC will be volume producing 5nm nodes or not. Liu could also have meant that by 2020 they will be ready for risk production.
Since that last part is not confirmed, we suggest you check back with us later so that we can update you as soon as something comes out from the Taiwan.