The chip supplier and partner of Apple, TSMC, is taking the first steps in planning a manufacturing plant of about $ 15.7 billion, in an effort to get more business from Apple and other companies that need Advanced chip designs.
The company apparently is looking for between 50 and 80 hectares of land in Taiwan for the construction of a new plant. It is believed that the plant, once listed, will start production of chips in 2022.
TSMC CEO Mark Liu announced that the company will begin producing 7nm chips in the first quarter of 2018 and the new plant is expected to manufacture chips based on a 5nm process, currently under development and possibly there as well The future chips of 3nm and 2nm will be manufactured.
Moreover, now the chips are manufactured using a 10nm process, with a projected output for 2017. The iPhone 7 uses chips built with 16 - nanometer process, which suggests that the next iPhone may integrate 10nm chips .
"Technology companies with lots of money such as Apple, Qualcomm, Nvidia United States, Huawei from China and Taiwan MediaTek can afford the pursuit of advanced chip technology , " said Jerry Peng IEK analyst. "There are fewer of them."
TSMC has supplied the Cupertino company with A-series chips since the introduction of the A8s in September 2014. The company says it is the sole supplier of the A10 Fusion chip in the new range of iPhone 7 and the "A11" line Of 2017 from Apple.
In August, it was rumored that TSMC was working on the "A11" chip for Apple. In addition, at the same time, TSMC said 7nm chip manufacturing trials will begin in 2017, with widespread use of the technology in 2018.