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TSMC to begin mass production of 16-nm FinFET chips in 2015

TSMC to begin mass production of 16-nm FinFET chips in 2015

Taipei, May 18 (CNA) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip maker, is planning to start mass production of chips on its new 16-nanometer (nm) FinFET process next year. In its annual report for 2013, the company said the production of 16-nm FinFET chips will come on stream one year after it begins mass production of its 20-nm planar technology in 2014. The FinFET is a 3D transistor structure that allows the chip to run faster than previous processes when using the same amount of power, or at the same speed on less power. Meanwhile, the report also said that the company will progress to smaller geometries by the end of 2016, when it will begin mass producing chips on the 10-nm manufacturing process. The company began developing 10-nm technology in 2013 and is planning to produce chips on that process on a trial basis in 2015. (By Jackson Chang and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-04-21 01:40 GMT+08:00