TSMC will have ASML’s advanced chip fabrication tool in 2024

Deepak Gupta June 18, 2022
Updated 2022/06/18 at 5:51 PM

As far as the chip industry is concerned, there is no doubt that TSMC has increasingly stood out from its competition, with an enviable range of powerful customers, such as Apple, AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm, among others.

But the manufacturer is constantly looking to offer the best product possible. As such, the Taiwanese company’s executives recently said that it will have a new advanced ASML chip manufacturing tool in the year 2024.

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According to information provided by the ReutersTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company executives said Thursday that the world's largest semiconductor maker will have a new, more advanced version of Dutch ASML Holding NV's chip manufacturing tool in 2024.

The new tool is called "high-NA EUV" and produces focused beams of light that create the microscopic circuits in technology chips, which are then used in various equipment such as phones, laptops, cars and artificial intelligence devices.

For those who don't know, the acronym EUV stands for Extreme Ultra Violet and refers to the wavelength of light used by ASML's most advanced machines.

According to YJ Mii, the company's senior vice president of research and development, during TSMC's technology symposium in Silicon Valley, "TSMC will bring high-NA EUV scanners in 2024 to develop the associated infrastructure and standardization solution needed for customers to fuel innovation”.

For now, the Executive did not indicate when the equipment will begin to be used for mass production. But he adds that the machines will be used until 2025, being the first manufacturer in the industry to receive them.

THE "high-NA EUV” will then focus on manufacturing smaller chips and also making them faster, thus opening the door to more advanced technological equipment with better performance.

Kevin Zhang, senior vice president of business development at the Taiwanese company, said TSMC will not be ready in 2024 to produce with the new tool. As a reminder, in April of this year, Intel installed its first ASML EUV machine at its factory in Ireland. But the rival's new equipment will be even more powerful.

Recently, the Taiwanese manufacturer also revealed more details about its 2nm manufacturing process, which will then be ready for mass manufacturing in 2025 and first tests will begin in late 2024.

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