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TSMC plans to build a new factory on 50 acres of land for two-nanometer chips in Hsinchu, Taiwan, scheduled to begin manufacturing operations in 2024. Construction has been cleared to begin in early 2022, with equipment being installed in 2023.
Apple chip supplier TSMC is planning to manufacture chips with a 2nm fabrication process by 2024, according to Nikkei Asia.
For context, if Apple continues with its current naming system for its custom silicon chips, we may tentatively expect the first 2nm Apple chips to be the “A18” or the “M5.” While there have not been any reports of Apple planning to move to a 2nm process yet, it seems inevitable that the company will do so in tandem with TSMC since it is Apple’s sole processor supplier with an expansive manufacturing capacity.
TSMC’s manufacturing capabilities are also considerably more advanced than rival companies like Intel, which have been mired by delays and stagnation with older manufacturing processes, enabling Apple, as a major TSMC client, to maintain a competitive edge with its custom silicon chips. Earlier this week, Intel announced plans to make chips for Qualcomm.
The A14 and M1 chip debuted in devices last year and were Apple’s first chips to be manufactured with a 5nm fabrication process. Apple is believed to have already booked an order with TSMC for 4nm custom silicon chips, which are due to begin production this year, ahead of the supplier offering 3nm chips from 2022. 2nm chips in 2024 would be another progression of this miniaturization process.
TSMC is undergoing a rapid global expansion to meet demand, building a 5nm chip facility in Arizona and expanding its 28nm factory in Nanjing, China, while also weighing up the possibility of opening new factories in Japan and Germany.
Tags: TSMC, nikkei.com
Top Rated Comments
2 hours ago at 09:01 am
intel: “stop it!!!!!!!!!!!”
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2 hours ago at 09:07 am
Given global warming is causing droughts in Taiwan right now, today, why in the world would building a 50 acre complex that consumes even more water be considered a good idea?
I think they have to branch out and build factories elsewhere, like in Japan or Germany as the article said, or preferably more manufacturing in the U.S.
The drought is concerning but more concerning to me is the threat that China poses to Taiwan. The issue is, they have a skilled workforce to tap into in Taiwan, so building elsewhere is probably a heavy lift for that reason.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2 hours ago at 09:26 am
Future is bright.
There’s always the specter of China hanging over TSMCs “bright future”. Look at Hong Kong and what’s happening there. China has long claimed Taiwan as part of its territory. China has vowed numerous times to take Taiwan back. The only thing preventing them is the protection of the United States and we all know how fleeting U.S. support can be. If China invaded Taiwan today I wonder what the western democracies’ response would be, other than feeble economic sanctions that would hurt non-Asian companies like Apple.
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1 hour ago at 09:35 am and they really can’t do this in the U.S where they aren’t beholden to things like Chinas domineering? Especially after the free speech fiasco that occurred yesterday?? Does precedent mean nothing?
I must question why if you think it is better to manufacture outside of Taiwan your first thought is the U.S.? There are many other places that would just as good if not be better suited.
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1 hour ago at 09:50 am
2nm is only 20 hydrogen atoms or around 5-8 silicon atoms across. When do they reach smallest possible size?
The thing is these naming schemes aren’t really connected to physical characteristics any more, they’re just marketing speak.
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