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TSMC’s 3nm Chips Mass Production in 2024

Advancements in TSMC’s N3E Technology

The world’s leading chip manufacturer, TSMC, has announced it is ready to begin mass production of 3nm chips in the second half of 2024, following successful testing of its N3E process. This announcement was made during the European Technology Symposium this week. The company has achieved defect densities for its second-generation 3nm-class process technology (N3E) at levels similar to those of its earlier-generation N5 technology.

A TSMC executive stated at the event: “N3E started volume production in the fourth quarter of last year, as planned. We have seen great yield performance on customers’ products, so they will go to market as planned.”

Benefits of the N3E Process

TSMC’s N3E process offers multiple significant advantages compared to previous technologies. By eliminating certain layers that require extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography and avoiding the use of EUV double patterning, N3E reduces production costs. Additionally, it boosts yields and enhances performance by up to 4%, while reducing power consumption by approximately 9%. Rapid adoption is expected by chip designers such as Apple and AMD, underscoring TSMC’s continued competitiveness and innovation in the semiconductor market.

These advancements not only represent improvements in terms of efficiency and cost but also highlight TSMC’s ability to maintain its leading position in the industry. The company has consistently demonstrated its capability to innovate and meet the growing demands for performance and energy efficiency in modern devices.

European Expansion: New Factory in Germany

In other news, TSMC has confirmed it will start construction of its first European facility in the fourth quarter of 2024. This factory, representing an $11 billion investment, will be located in Dresden, Germany. The facility will be developed in partnership with Infineon, NXP, and Robert Bosch, emphasizing TSMC’s commitment to global expansion and collaboration.

This strategic move will allow TSMC to better meet European demand and strengthen its presence on the continent. The new factory will not only boost production capacity but also generate employment and promote technological development in the region.

The decision to establish a plant in Europe reflects TSMC’s strategy to diversify its manufacturing locations to minimize risks and optimize global logistics. This step is part of a broader effort to address the growing market needs and ensure resilience in the semiconductor supply chain.