TSMC CEO Liu Deyin announced today at the company’s shareholders meeting that the Taiwanese foundry will launch its new 4nm process called ‘N4’.
The N4 process is an upgraded version of its most advanced process to date, the 5nm “N5P”, and is expected to go into mass production in 2023.
TSMC is repeating the same thing it did with its 6nm “N6” process, which is an improved version of the 7nm “N7 +” process. The advantage is that, despite improving performance and power consumption, the design between the two processes is compatible, so customers can easily migrate.
According to the plan, TSMC will mass-produce the first generation of 5nm chips in the fourth quarter of this year.
The company has also completed the 3nm process design framework and the 3nm process is expected to go into production for testing in the first half of 2021. The Taiwanese giant is also accelerating the development of the 2nm process.