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As announced last week by TSMC, later this year the company is set to start high-volume manufacturing on its N3P fabrication process, and this will be the company's most advanced node for a while. Next year things will get a bit more interesting as TSMC will have two process technologies that could actually compete against each other when they enter high-volume manufacturing (HVM) in the second half of 2025. Advertised PPA Improvements of New Process Technologies Data announced during conference calls, events, press briefings and press releases Compiled by AnandTech TSMC N3 vs N5 N3E vs N5 N3P vs N3E N3X vs N3P N2 vs N3E N2P vs N3E N2P vs N2 A16 vs N2P Power -25% -30% -34% -5% -10% -7%*** -25% -30% -30% -40% -5% -10% -15% -20% Performance +10% +15% +18% +5% +5% Fmax @1.2V** +10% +15% +15% +20% +5 +10% +8% +10% Density* ? 1.3x 1.04x 1.10x*** 1.15x 1.15x ? 1.07x 1.10x HVM Q4 2022 Q4 2023 H2 2024 H2 2025 H2 2025 H2 2026 H2 2026 H2 2026 *Chip density published by TSMC reflects 'mixed' chip density consisting of 50% logic, 30% SRAM, and 20% analog. **At the same area. ***At the same speed. The production nodes are N3X (3nm-class, extreme performance-focused) as well as N2 (2nm-class). TSMC says...

Samsung Tapes Out Its First 3nm Smartphone SoC, Gets A Boost From Synopsys AI-Enabled Tools

This week Samsung Electronics and Synopsys announced that Samsung has taped out its first mobile system-on-chip on Samsung Foundry's 3nm gate-all-around (GAA) process technology. The announcement, coming from electronic...

8 by Anton Shilov on 5/3/2024

Samsung Foundry Update: 2nm Unveil in June, Second-Gen SF3 3nm Hits Production This Year

As part of Samsung's Q1 earnings announcement, the company has outlined some of its foundry unit's key plans for the rest of the year. The company has confirmed that...

4 by Anton Shilov on 5/1/2024

TSMC 2nm Update: N2 In 2025, N2P Loses Backside Power, and NanoFlex Brings Optimal Cells

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. provided several important updates about its upcoming process technologies at its North American Technology Symposium 2024. At a high level, TSMC's 2 nm plans remain...

0 by Anton Shilov on 4/25/2024

TSMC to Receive $6.6B Under US CHIPS Act, Set to Build 2nm Fab in Arizona

TSMC has entered into a preliminary agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce, securing up to $6.6 billion in direct funding and access to up to $5 billion in...

23 by Anton Shilov on 4/8/2024

Rapidus to Get $3.9 Billion in Government Aid for 2nm, Multi-Chiplet Technologies

Rapidus, a Japan-based company developing 2nm process technology and aiming to commercialize it in 2027, will receive a huge government grant for its ongoing projects. The Japanese government will...

10 by Anton Shilov on 4/2/2024

Marvell's 2nm IP Platform Enables Custom Silicon for Datacenters

Marvell this week introduced its new IP technology platform specifically tailored for custom chips for accelerated infrastructure made on TSMC's 2nm-class process technologies (possibly including N2 and N2P). The...

0 by Anton Shilov on 3/8/2024

Tenstorrent Licenses RISC-V CPU IP to Build 2nm AI Accelerator for Edge

Tenstorrent this week announced that it had signed a deal to license out its RISC-V CPU and AI processor IP to Japan's Leading-edge Semiconductor Technology Center (LSTC), which will...

22 by Anton Shilov on 2/28/2024

Arm and Samsung to Co-Develop 2nm GAA-Optimized Cortex Cores

Arm and Samsung this week announced their joint design-technology co-optimization (DTCO) program for Arm's next-generation Cortex general-purpose CPU cores as well as Samsung's next-generation process technology featuring gate-all-around (GAA...

3 by Anton Shilov on 2/22/2024

TSMC 2nm Update: Two Fabs in Construction, One Awaiting Government Approval

When Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is prepping to roll out an all-new process technology, it usually builds a new fab to meet demand of its alpha customers and...

38 by Anton Shilov on 1/19/2024

TSMC: Ecosystem for 2nm Chip Development Is Nearing Completion

Speaking to partners last week as part of their annual Open Innovation Platform forum in Europe, a big portion of TSMC's roadshow was dedicated to the next generation of...

20 by Anton Shilov on 10/12/2023

TSMC: Importance of Open Innovation Platform Is Growing, Collaboration Needed for Next-Gen Chips

This year TSMC is commemorating 15 years of its Open Innovation Platform, a multi-faceted program that brings together the foundry's suppliers, partners, and customers to help TSMC's customers better...

4 by Anton Shilov on 10/12/2023

Rapidus Wants to Supply 2nm Chips to Tech Giants, Challenge TSMC

It has been a couple of decades since a Japanese fab has offered a leading-edge chip manufacturing process. Even to this day, none of the Japanese chipmakers have made...

19 by Anton Shilov on 7/26/2023

Samsung Updates Foundry Roadmap: 2nm in 2025, 1.4nm in 2027

Samsung Foundry revealed its latest process technology roadmap today at its annual Samsung Foundry Forum (SFF) 2023. The company's SF2 (2 nm-class) production node is on track for 2025...

4 by Anton Shilov on 6/27/2023

Intel to Spend Tens of Billions on New Fabs in Germany and Israel

Intel is spending tens of billions of dollars on new fabs in Arizona and Oregon, but the company's ambitions certainly do not end in the U.S. This month the...

28 by Anton Shilov on 6/21/2023

TSMC Shares More Info on 2nm: New MIM Capacitor and Backside PDN Detailed

TSMC has revealed some additional details about its upcoming N2 and N2P process technology at its European Technology Symposium 2023. Both production nodes are being developed with high-performance computing...

15 by Anton Shilov on 5/31/2023

Samsung Foundry Vows to Surpass TSMC Within Five Years

The head of Samsung's semiconductor unit acknowledged last week that the company's current mass production, leading-edge process technologies are a couple of years behind TSMC's most advanced production nodes...

18 by Anton Shilov on 5/8/2023

TSMC Outlines 2nm Plans: N2P Brings Backside Power Delivery in 2026, N2X Added To Roadmap

At its 2023 North American Technology Symposium today, TSMC has disclosed additional details about its plans for its forthcoming N2 2nm-class production nodes in 2025 – 2026 and beyond...

38 by Anton Shilov on 4/26/2023

GlobalFoundries Sues IBM Over Sharing Leading-Edge Chip IP with Intel, Rapidus

The relationship between GlobalFoundries and IBM has been rocky in recent years. Among other things, Big Blue has previously sued GF, seeking damages for abruptly stopping the development of...

10 by Anton Shilov on 4/20/2023

Synopsys Intros AI-Powered EDA Suite to Accelerate Chip Design and Cut Costs

Synopsys has introduced the industry's first full-stack AI-powered suite of electronic design automation tools that covers all stages of chip design, from architecture to design and implementation to manufacturing...

12 by Anton Shilov on 3/30/2023

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