After announcing the delay of Intel’s 7nm, it seems that the company has decided to change its strategy from the shadows, and we know this thanks to the value of TSMC’s shares. At the time of writing, the shares of the Taiwanese semiconductor are experiencing growth of around 10 percent, and the reason behind this is that Intel has placed an order linked to the development of a processor that uses the process of 6nm manufacturing by Taiwanese company.
If we go to the newspaper archive, we find this news: ” Intel would use the 6nm lithograph of TSMC in 2021, and its 3nm in 2022 “, so we could confirm that this rumor has already been fulfilled. Although TSMC has not yet provided details about the improvement in energy consumption and performance of 6nm compared to 7nm, at least they indicated an improvement in density by up to 18 percent, not to mention that 6nm will allow adoption current designs at 7nm (from TSMC) without the need for any design adjustments, saving you a great deal of money.
Expanding on the information, it is indicated that Intel has reached an agreement with TSMC to start mass-producing processors or graphics chips next year using an optimized version of the 7nm and 6nm manufacturing process of TSMC. To be exact, Intel reserved capacity of 180,000 TSMC @ 6nm wafers for next year. TSMC said it never comments on its customers’ orders, while Intel said it does not comment on market rumors. The value of the company’s shares speaks for itself.