TSMC 5nm to enter mass production in April, fully booked

Posted on Thursday, March 12 2020 @ 22:17 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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TechPowerUp reports TSMC will kick off volume production of 5nm in April. This new node will use extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography for up to 14 layers, whereas the N7+ and N6 processes use it for five and six layers, respectively.

The first chips made on TSMC's 5nm process will be for Apple, the A14 SoC to be more specific. This SoC will end up in the next iPhones, which are expected to hit retail stores in September if all goes well.

TSMC's 5nm capacity is already fully booked. About two-thirds goes to Apple and the remainder goes to an unknown client (or clients).

Yields are said to be very good. In December 2019, TSMC said they were seeing yields upwards of 80 percent for 5nm EUV.

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