Wednesday, March 31st 2021

TSMC to Enter 4 nm Node Volume Production in Q4 of 2021

TSMC, the world leader in semiconductor manufacturing, has reportedly begun with plans to start volume production of the 4 nm node by the end of this year. According to the sources over at DigiTimes, Taiwan's leading semiconductor manufacturer could be on the verge of starting volume production of an even smaller node. The new 4 nm node is internally referred to as a part of the N5 node generation. The N5 generation covers N5 (regular 5 nm), N5P (5 nm+), and N4 process that is expected to debut soon. And perhaps the most interesting thing is that the 4 nm process will be in high-volume production in Q4, with Apple expected to be one of the major consumers of the N5 node family.

DigiTimes reports that Apple will use the N5P node for the upcoming Apple A15 SoCs for next-generation iPhones, while the more advanced N4 node will find itself as a base of the new Macs equipped with custom Apple Silicon SoCs. To find out more, we have to wait for the official product launches and see just how much improvement new nodes bring.
Sources: DigiTimes, via Tom's Hardware
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5 Comments on TSMC to Enter 4 nm Node Volume Production in Q4 of 2021

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las
And Apple will get priority, maybe AMD and others can use it in 2023 then.

The good thing about this, is that it frees up their 5nm line for AMD, just in time for Zen 4 and AM5 in 2022.
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lasAnd Apple will get priority, maybe AMD and others can use it in 2023 then.

The good thing about this, is that it frees up their 5nm line for AMD, just in time for Zen 4 and AM5 in 2022.
Consoles will stick at 7nm so that frees AMD for a lot of GPU and CPU volumes
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las
Solid State Soul ( SSS )Consoles will stick at 7nm so that frees AMD for a lot of GPU and CPU volumes
I'm sure we will see Slim versions at 3/4/5n min a few years.
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lasI'm sure we will see Slim versions at 3/4/5n min a few years.
i would assume 5nm by then for the slim or enhanced versions ( should there be ever be enhanced versions )
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