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TSMC will build the world’s first 3nm fab in Taiwan

By Koh Wanzi - on 4 Oct 2017, 12:27pm

TSMC will build the world’s first 3nm fab in Taiwan

Image Source: TSMC

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., better known as TSMC, has announced plans to build the world’s first 3nm fab in Taiwan.

The fab would be located in the Tainan Science Park in southern Taiwan, where the company does most of its manufacturing. This development also puts to rest speculation that TSMC was considering building its next facility in the US.

In a short press release, the firm said that it chose Taiwan in order to fully leverage its “existing cluster advantage and the benefit of a comprehensive supply chain”.

TSMC has previously revealed plans to build its next fab at the 5nm to 3nm node as soon as 2022, but its latest announcement made no mention of any timeline.

The Taiwanese firm is competing against behemoths like Intel and Samsung to continue to lead the way to smaller processes and win business from folks like Apple and Qualcomm. In the more immediate future, TSMC intends to finally employ extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography at 7nm, with 5nm reportedly planned for a Q1 2019 launch.

Source: TSMC

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