TSMC says it will have an advanced ASML chip-making tool in 2024


Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co executives said on Thursday that the world’s largest chipmaker will have the next version of ASML Holding NV’s most advanced chip-making tool in 2024.

The tool called “high-NA EUV” produces beams of focused light that create the microscopic circuits on computer chips used in phones, laptops, cars and artificial intelligence devices such as smart speakers . EUV stands for extreme ultraviolet, the wavelength of light used by ASML’s most advanced machines.

“TSMC will bring high NA EUV scanners in 2024 to develop the associated infrastructure and modeling solution needed by customers to fuel innovation,” said YJ Mii, senior vice president of research and development, during the TSMC technology symposium in Silicon Valley.

Mii did not say when the device, the second generation of extreme ultraviolet lithography tools for making smaller and faster chips, would go into mass production. TSMC rival Intel said it would have the machines in production by 2025 and be the first to receive the machine.

As Intel moves into manufacturing chips designed by other companies, it will compete with TSMC for those customers.

Kevin Zhang, senior vice president of business development at TSMC, clarified that TSMC will not be ready for production with the new high-NA EUV tool in 2024, but will primarily be used for research with partners.

“The importance for TSMC to have it in 2024 means they get to the most advanced technology faster,” said TechInsights chip economist Dan Hutcheson, who was at the symposium.

“High-NA EUV is the next major innovation in technology that will put chip technology ahead,” said Hutcheson.

On Thursday, TSMC also shared more details about its 2nm chip technology, which it says is on track for volume production in 2025. TSMC said it has spent 15 years developing so-called transistor technology. “nanosheet” to improve speed and energy efficiency. and will use it for the first time in its 2nm chips.

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