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TSMC to Build a New 200mm Fab for Customized Design; 5-nm to Enter Trial Production Next Year

By Korbin Lan
Published: Dec 07,2018

TAIPEI, Taiwan - C.C. Wei, CEO and vice chairman of TSMC, said at its supply chain management forum held in Hsinchu, Taiwan, that TSMC's 5nm process is expected to enter trial production in the second quarter of next year. In addition, TSMC will establish a new 8-inch(200mm) fab to meet the requirements of the customized design.

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C.C. Wei said that TSMC's 5nm process is scheduled to enter trial production in the second quarter of next year, and will enter mass production in the second quarter of 2020. Furthermore, in order to meet customers' specific process, TSMC is planning to build a new 8-inch fab for customized design.

Wei also stressed that the 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) will be the main growth momentum of the semiconductor industry. The 5G applications will be gradually deployed in the second half of 2019 to 2020, and AI will also be extended to edge computing from the cloud.

With the help of these technology trends, TSMC forecasted that its revenue will grow by 5% to 10% in the next few years.

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