Last week, DigiTimes reported that manufacturer TSMC has begun mass production of its processors using 7 nm N7+ technology. We also announced this news to you. This processor uses extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) to help produce more precise marks on silicon, which allows billions of transistors to be placed inside a processor.
The 7 nm processor means more transistors can fit into such a dense space as a small chipset. The result is a processor that is not only faster, but also consumes less battery. When we remember that a 2007 model iPhone uses a 45 nm processor, we can see how far the processor and processor industry has come in 12-13 years.
The most exciting thing is the news that TSMC will start producing 5 nm processors in the first quarter of 2020. While the company does not use EUV technology on all 7 nm processors, it will use EUV technology on all 5 nm processors. Having completed all the equipment necessary to produce 5 nm processors in its new facility called ‘Fab 18’, TSMC expects 5 nm processors to show a 15 percent improvement in performance compared to 7 nm processors.
Former Intel co-founder Gordon Moore observed in 1965 that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit would double in 24 months. Most experts in the industry say that 5 nm processors will bring an end to what’s known as Moore’s Law. It is known that TSMC is preparing the ‘Fab 18’ facility to produce 3 nm processors in the future.