In temporary: In its first quarter earnings name, TSMC reported that it was plowing forward with the event of subsequent technology course of nodes. The semiconductor large plans to place its first 3nm processes into manufacturing later this yr and have 2nm able to go by the tip of 2025.
Bruce Lee, an analyst for Goldman Sachs, put the primary and second questions of the decision to TSMC CEO C. C. Wei. His first query was about inflation and the economic system at giant, to which Wei responded that TSMC was well-positioned, because the main world foundry, to climate fluctuations available in the market.
Lee then requested in regards to the timeline for the 2nm node. “Our N2 growth is on observe,” Wei mentioned. “…we’re assured that N2 will proceed our expertise management to assist buyer progress. And we nonetheless plan the manufacturing in 2025.” He added that pre-production would begin in 2024.
N2 is reported to be the primary TSMC course of to make use of GAA (gate all-around) transistors as an alternative of FinFET (fin field-effect transistors). Samsung has already began utilizing their model of GAA and Intel is scheduled to implement theirs in 2024. An analyst requested Wei about it, however he averted answering.
TSMC’s executives have been extra forthcoming in regards to the imminent 3nm household. In the second half of this yr, TSMC will put the N3 course of into manufacturing. A yr later, or probably sooner, will probably be able to put the N3E course of into manufacturing, which is an “enhanced efficiency, energy, and yield” model of N3.
TSMC predicts that HPC (high-performance compute) might be its fastest-growing section this yr. It generated 41% of their income final quarter, simply barely greater than smartphones did, which generated 40%. IoT and automotive trailed in third and fourth place, producing 8% and 5% of income, respectively.
The foundry’s whole income grew by 11.6% quarter on quarter to $17.6 billion, barely above its steering from February. It expects its second quarter income to be between $17.6 billion and $18.2 billion for now.
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