TSMC to supply 3-nanometer chips at its Arizona manufacturing facility • TechCrunch


TSMC founder Morris Chang mentioned as we speak that the semiconductor big and Apple provider will construct 3-nanometer chips at its manufacturing facility in Arizona, although remaining plans aren’t prepared but. The manufacturing facility is at present beneath development, with plans to start manufacturing in 2024.

Throughout a press convention in Taipei, Chang mentioned “three-nanometer, TSMC proper now has a plan, however it has not been fully finalized,” Reuters studies. “It has nearly been finalized—in the identical Arizona web site, section two. 5-nanometer is section one, 3-nanometer is section two.”

On its web site, TSMC says its 3-nanometer tech, known as N3, shall be a full node stride from its 5-nanometer expertise, and supply as much as 70% logic density achieve, as much as 15% velocity enchancment on the identical energy and as much as 30% energy discount on the identical velocity when in comparison with its predecessor. It’s focusing on quantity expertise within the second half of this yr.

The world’s largest foundry, TSMC makes nearly half of the world’s most superior chips. The dominance of Taiwan’s semiconductor firms (TSMC’s friends embrace Foxconn) is one in all its main benefits towards China, which considers Taiwan a province, however as worldwide chip shortages stymie the manufacturing of electronics, it additionally calls into query the availability chain’s reliance.

TSMC’s Arizona manufacturing facility, together with a second one that’s reportedly in planning levels, are a part of the Biden administration’s technique to bolster U.S. chipmaking. TSMC can be constructing a manufacturing facility in Japan and is in talks with the German authorities to construct one other one in that nation.

Different foundries engaged on 3-nanometer chips embrace Samsung Electronics, which began producing 3-nanometer chips in June, forward of TSMC. The South Korean tech big is producing 3-nanometer chips at its Hwaseong and Pyeongtaek semiconductor amenities. Samsung mentioned final yr it could make investments 171 trillion KRW ($132 billion) in its logic chip and foundry enterprise by 2030, and it is usually constructing a semiconductor plant in Texas.


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