Thursday, Jul 29, 2021, 16:50 Hardware

TSMC Eclipses Intel's Announcement With 2nm Production Process

At the start of this week, Intel announced plans detailing the company's strategy to return to strength after several difficult years. Along with announcing two new customers, Amazon and Qualcomm, Intel also released a roadmap for the years to come. By 2024-2025, the company hopes to catch up with the competition in terms of semiconductor production processes to reclaim its former glory from 2025 onwards. In 2025, the company will switch to a new production process, detailed further in this article. Although the reception was positive, there have been concerns about the new plan in light of Intel's recent track record – wherein problems have often thwarted announcements over the last few years. Thus the roadmap presented by Intel is a sketch of the "best cases scenario" and the company's competition must of course be taken into account.

TSMC Announces 2nm Production Process – By 2023
It's clear what the current industry leader TSMC has in mind, only 2 days after Intel's recent announcement, TSMC has also revealed some of its own plans for the future. As Apple's production partner, TSMC's roadmaps are of great importance for Cupertino, which directly profits from any reduction of TSMC's processor size. By 2023, TSMC plans to begin producing chips with the 2nm production process – with Macs, iPhones, and iPad benefitting from the innovation by 2024. The plan was already to begin relying on the 3nm production process by 2022 and it now appears as if yet another step will be made shortly after in 2023. Since all of the regulatory processes necessary for the construction of TSMC's advanced chip plant have been completed, the only thing standing in TSMC's way are potential technical problems.

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Intel's Plans Less Impressive In Light Of Recent Announcement From TSMC
TSMC's announcement doesn't bode well for Intel. After finally having received half a week of positive reporting from the press, the positive focus has yet again shifted to Intel's competition. In comparison to TSMC's recent announcements – and in light of Qualcomm and Samsung's recent newfound confidence, Intel's recent announcement seems a little less impressive. However, the most recent "sign of life" from Intel is still viewed in a positive light by market analysts. The current competition in the chip industry, involving multiple large actors, will surely promote innovation and development.

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