TSMC , the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world, is currently working on nodes 5 nm and is also planning to manufacture nodes 3 nm .
All the planning of the 3nm nodes was going as planned, but a report from Asia indicates that the development of this node would be having some problems that would force TSMC to delay all production.
The 3nm node issue is not unique to TSMC, and Samsung would be having the same issues as well . Apparently, making transistors this small is causing more problems than you initially thought. Both TSMC and Samsung reportedly have the same problem with this node, which would result in companies being forced to use the 5nm node for much longer.
This could be good news for Intel, which has a node manufacturing lag compared to AMD. The red company has been using TSMC’s 7 nm nodes for some time and they already plan to make the leap to 5 nm with the Ryzen ‘Zen 4’. Intel continues to use 14nm nodes and is only now using a 10nm process. We don’t know by how much the 3nm could be delayed, but it could allow enough time for Intel to catch up with the competition.
At the beginning of December, it was said that TSMC would begin manufacturing the first 3 nm chips in 2022. With this information, those plans would have changed. Other important TSMC customers are Apple, Nvidia and Qualcomm, among others. We will keep you informed.