Taiwan's TSMC not afraid of Samsung’s 5-nanometer efforts

World's largest chip contract manufacturer TSMC has already attracted major clients such as Apple, Qualcomm

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC), the largest contract manufacturer of silicon chips in the world, said Thursday (May 21) it was not worried that its lead position in the production of 5-nanometer chips is in jeopardy after South Korean rival Samsung announced renewed efforts.

While TSMC said it does not comment on any situation involving competitors, it added it was confident it will continue to be the leading force in the chip manufacturing technology, UDN reported.

Samsung has announced it expects to begin mass production of its sophisticated 5-nm chips in the second half of 2021. TSMC started its production of the chips in the first quarter of this year.

The Taiwanese company’s clients include Apple, Qualcomm, Advanced Micro Devices, and HiSilicon. Its monthly production capacity is likely to rise from the current 50,000 to 80,000 by the end of the year, according to the report.

Despite the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, TSMC has increased its capital expenditure. This demonstrates its plan to hold on to its lead and extend it to cover 3-nm semiconductors, experts said.