ADVANCEMENTS:The world’s largest contract chipmaker plans to mass produce 7nm chips next year and 5nm chips in 2020 as it seeks to maintain its technological edge
Date: May 26, 2017
By: Lisa Wang / Staff reporter, in Hsinchu
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) yesterday announced plans to
start trial production of 5-nanometer (nm) chips in the second quarter of 2019, as the world’s largest contract chipmaker sought to reassure clients of its role as a trusted technology and capacity partner.
The remarks by TSMC came after rival Samsung Electronics Co on Wednesday announced plans to spin off its foundry business to avoid conflicts of interest with customers.
“Our mission is to create technology and to provide capacity in catering to your needs. We can work together,” TSMC co-CEO C.C. Wei (魏哲家) said at an annual technology symposium in Hsinchu.
“We do not believe that any company that makes competing products can really cooperate with you,” Wei said, in a veiled reference to Samsung’s dual roles as a proprietary chip manufacturer and foundry service provider. [FULL STORY]