TSMC Launching 7nm Trial Production in Early 2017

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Progress marches forward, as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reveals it has plans to make even smaller chipsets.

Recently, TSMC’s chairman, Morris Chang, confirmed to shareholders that the company has plans to launch 7nm trial production as early as 2017. And, from there, in the first half of 2018, move the 7nm process to full volume production in the early part of 2018. The 7nm process, according to the chairman, leverages 95% of the same equipment as the 10nm process.

Chang also confirmed that upwards of 20 customers, of which could include Apple, are already on tap for TSMC’s 7nm process. While TSMC’s 10nm process is designed for mobile devices, the 7nm process is geared towards mobile devices, but also high-end performance computing applications as well.

It will be interesting to see what Apple’s chipset, the A-series, will offer when 2018 arrives.

[via Digitimes]