[Tech Recap and Glimpse 5-2] Battle for Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing

2023-12-30 Semiconductors editor

Examining the dynamics of advanced semiconductor manufacturing, from research and development to the competition for cutting-edge equipment and securing orders, major players such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel are constantly in action. Simultaneously, newcomer Rapidus is making a strong entrance. The competition for advanced processes is set to intensify in 2024.

Amidst the global chipmakers’ race to develop 2-nanometer processes, TSMC has once again emerged victorious by securing Apple’s order. The upcoming iPhone 17 Pro, expected to be released in 2025, reportedly will feature TSMC’s 2-nanometer chip. Samsung is also gearing up to launch a 2nm prototype in 2024, reportedly offering discounted prices with the aim of attracting customers such as NVIDIA.

However, industry insiders reveal that TSMC is on the verge of finalizing its clients for future 3nm and 2nm technologies, apart from Apple, AMD, NVIDIA, Broadcom, MediaTek, and Qualcomm are among the clients for TSMC’s 3nm and 2nm processes. The changes in the customer portfolio of TSMC, Samsung, and Intel in 2024 are bound to be the focal point throughout the year.

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