TSMC to soon start 3-nm chip production amid delivery delays

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) on Tuesday said that it will soon produce 3-nanometer (nm) chip.
TSMC for iPhonesTSMC CEO CC Wei acknowledged the company is dealing with delivery delays amid global expansion push.

“When carmakers told me previously that they are short of semiconductors, I thought, How come these guys couldn’t understand the importance of chips? But later TSMC’s own equipment suppliers suffered delivery problems and told me it is also due to component and chip shortage,” Wei said during an annual technology forum in China.

“I think the whole world didn’t realise how important supply chain management is in the past, and the whole world didn’t do good work on supply chain management, including TSMC,” Wei said.

TSMC also aims to get its 3D chip stacking technology, known as SOIC to enter mass production this year.

Apple and Intel will be the first companies to use TSMC’s 3-nm chips.

Samsung last month marked the first shipment of 3-nanometer semiconductors at a ceremony.

The 3nm chips are built on Gate-All-Around (GAA) technology, which Samsung said will eventually allow an area reduction of up to 35 percent, while providing 30 percent higher performance and 50 percent lower power consumption, compared with the existing FinFET process.

TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip manufacturer, had said it will begin mass production of 3nm chips in the second half of the year.

Samsung, the world’s largest memory chip maker and second-largest foundry player, has said its 2nm process node was in the early stages of development, with mass production planned for 2025.