TSMC says 5nm process to see fastest-ever ramp

Posted on Thursday, Oct 24 2019 @ 10:30 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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While Intel is struggling massively with its 10nm process, TSMC isn't slowing down but is actually accelerating. The Taiwanese foundry recently said that the 7nm ramp is the fastest-ever in its history and now we hear that 5nm will ramp even quicker.

While discussing the company's financial results in an earnings call with analysts, C.C. Wei, vice chairman and CEO of TSMC, confirmed the company projects 5nm to ramp much faster in terms of revenue than 7nm. TSMC says it's seeing good yields on 5nm and high-volume production is expected in Q2 2020.
First, the 5 nm ramp for next year. Certainly, as compared with six months ago, we are right now more aggressive and more optimistic about it. Hopefully, because we spend big money [...] that it will ramp up much in terms of revenue, be much faster than 7 nm. […] With that money, we spend to buy the tools to prepare everything. We do expect that our growth will go beyond 5% to 10%.
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