Taiwan-based TSMC, one of the largest manufacturers of semiconductor materials, has announced the achievement of an important stage in the transition to a 5-nm process. Earlier, the Corporation told about the intentions in 2020 to establish the production of A-series chips for Apple mobile devices, made according to this advanced technology process.
It is reported that the TSMC design infrastructure has already been completed, which allows Apple and other customers to start working on their own chips built on a 5-nm process. TSMC provides all the necessary technology files, tools, and design kits (PDKs), enabling partners to create 5nm single-chip systems for next-generation mobile high-performance solutions focused on 5G and artificial intelligence.
The use of 5-nm process technology allowed to increase the density of components on the chip by 1.8 times compared to the chips of the current generation, made by 7-nm process technology. This is expected to provide a significant increase in both performance and energy efficiency.
"5-nanometer TSMC technology offers our customers the industry's most advanced logical process to meet the exponentially growing demand for the computing power needed for artificial intelligence and 5G. As always, we are committed to helping our customers be the first to succeed in silicon products and enter the market faster," said cliff Howe, Vice President of research and development at TSMC.