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TSMC plans ‘risk production' of 3nm chips as it looks ahead to 2023 iPhones

Added 01-15-21 07:31:02am EST - “Apple A-series and M1 chipmaker TSMC is planning to carry out what is known as risk production of 3nm chips later this year. A 3nm process ...” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “3nm chips likely set for 2023 iPhones headed for next stage - 9to5Mac”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apple A-series and M1 chipmaker TSMC is planning to carry out what is known as risk production of 3nm chips later this year. A 3nm process will be used for future iPhones, although likely not until 2023.

Risk production is the stage at which a foundry has carried out purely internal testing, and believes that it is now ready to try the process on customer designs to see whether those can be successfully produced …

This stage can throw up issues which need to be fixed before the chipmaker can achieve the yields needed for volume production. A Digitimes report says that TSMC expects to be ready for volume production by the second half of 2022.

TSMC is on track to move 3nm process technology to risk production in 2021 followed by volume production in the second half of 2022, according to the pure-play foundry.

“Our N3 technology development is on track with good progress,” said TSMC CEO CC Wei at the company’s earnings conference call on January 14. “We are seeing a much higher level of customer engagement for both HPC and smartphone application at N3 as compared with N5 and N7 at a similar stage.”

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