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EniGma1987 12-21-2018 11:11 AM

[gizchina]TSMC’s 3nm Plant Will Start Production in 2020
 
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Currently, almost all the top-end smartphones are packed with chips based on a 7nm process node. But we know TSMC’s 5nm chips will come in late 2019 or early 2020. This simply means, in a couple of years, the mobile industry will enter a new era, where everything will be done faster and more productive. But this is not the limit. In August, we learned the Taiwanese semiconductor company invested $19 billion to build a 3nm wafer fab. Today, according to the Taiwanese ‘Economic Daily’ report, TSMC’s 3-nanometer factory passed the environmental assessment. According to the original scheduling, the world’s first 3-nanometer plant is expected to start construction in 2020 and complete equipment installation in 2021. Moreover, it’s expected to be put into operation as early as the end of 2022 and early 2023.
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Title is a little misleading. The facility will start construction in 2020, not 3nm products will start production.

mothergoose729 12-21-2018 11:19 AM

How close to 3nm would a 3nm node actually be? The node terminology is confusing. How much more dense are nodes actually getting?

dieanotherday 12-21-2018 11:22 AM

looks like we'll be stuck with 7nm for 5-10 years.

The Pook 12-21-2018 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by dieanotherday (Post 27770094)
looks like we'll be stuck with 7nm for 5-10 years.


And 7nm+++ for another 20.

ozlay 12-21-2018 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by mothergoose729 (Post 27770088)
How close to 3nm would a 3nm node actually be? The node terminology is confusing. How much more dense are nodes actually getting?

3=5=7=9

mothergoose729 12-21-2018 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by ozlay (Post 27770134)
3=5=7=9

I don't understand.

Hydroplane 12-21-2018 05:30 PM

Meanwhile Intel will be on 14nm++++++++++++++ lol

ozlay 12-21-2018 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by mothergoose729 (Post 27770184)
I don't understand.

3nm is closer to intel's 5nm
5nm is closer to intel's 7nm
7nm is closer to intel's 10nm

Aussiejuggalo 12-21-2018 05:44 PM

How much further can we shrink nodes on nm before we're stuck and need to look at other options?

ozlay 12-21-2018 06:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Aussiejuggalo (Post 27770546)
How much further can we shrink nodes on nm before we're stuck and need to look at other options?

Well you can prevent quantum tunneling and gate leakage. Just by changing the materials used and/or the layout. They might just have to invent new materials in the future to get around those issues or new issues. Probably a new transistor structure beyond FinFet. I believe they are using silicon-germanium or pure germanium for 10nm and 7nm. But i don't know if those work for 5nm and 3nm. Maybe they are using something else. :)

I just wonder if they will call it 1nm or 1000pm :D


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