Despite the technical indicatorsIntelThe 10nm process does not lose the 7nm process of other homes, but the time TSMC really leads, almost all the current 7nm chip orders, which is also an advantage.
In addition, TSMC CFO He Limei revealed thatApple is expected to launch A-series processors based on TSMC's 5nm process by 2020. Thanks to 5G intelligenceMobile phoneDemand stimulation, TSMC will mass produce 5nm in the first half of 2020.
Since TSMC holds such an advanced processor manufacturing process, why not make its own chips and sell them to other companies? TSMC does have its own chip design team. Recently, it introduced a self-developed 7nm ARM processor This, using 7nm process, 4.4x6.2mm (27.28 mm ), CoWos (wafer substrate package), dual-chip structure, one built-in four Cortex A72 cores, the other built-in 6MiB three slow.
This's nominal maximum frequency is 4GHz, and the measured maximum reaches 4.2GHz (1.375V).. At the same time, TSMC also developed a technology called LIPINCON interconnect with a signal data rate of 8 GT/s.
However, TSMC does not really produce its own chips, and will not enter the market to grab business with other manufacturers. On the Internet, you can often see discussions such as "Taily's own failure to make chips yourself", but these discussions are completely ignorant of why TSMC is based in the foundry market.
Founder Zhang Zhongmou once talked about TSMC’s success secrets, one of which is trust.It can be reflected in many aspects. The most important point is that customers can safely hand over their most advanced chips to TSMC without worrying about TSMC stealing or making chips to grab the market.
At the recent financial report, TSMC also reiterated this statement, that is, they are still foundries, no plans to release their own products, and will not grab the market with customers..