TSMC plans to build a 3nm chip factory for Intel only

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Intel finally got smarter and stopped pretending that other silicon chip factories didn’t exist. Although it will still rely primarily on its own processing capacity and technology, it simply has so many chips to produce that it would not be able to handle it on its own. Hence the cooperation with TSMC, which will be turned into a factory of 3nm chips only for Intel.

As part of the latest agreement between TSMC and Intel, a special 3nm chip factory for Intel will be built

According to information disclosed by DigiTimes, Intel and TSMC have concluded an agreement on the production of chips in the 3 nm technology. Under its power, the world’s leading Taiwanese manufacturer of silicon chips will open a new plant that will be dedicated exclusively to Intel. This one will be located in the Baoshan area of ​​Hsinchu in northern Taiwan.

However, there is still a long way to start the production of 3-nm chips, because the current desktop processors use either the 10-nm Intel process or the 7-nm TSMC process (Ryzen 5000). At the moment, only the transition to the 5-nm process is mentioned, which is to take place at the end of 2022 with the release of the Ryzen 7000, so we will wait for the 3-nm CPU somehow until 2024/2025.

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Of course, the agreement between Intel and TSMC on 3-nm systems will not prevent AMD, for example, from having access to it. Other TSMC factories will certainly be built and AMD will be able to fulfill its orders there. Intel itself will certainly benefit from 3-nm systems, both in the field of central and graphics processors, as well as accelerators, given the trend of developing MCM systems.

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Earlier, we learned that TSMC factories will implement for Intel as many as four products on a 3 nm production node, three of which will be server processors, and the one concerns the graphics segment. Work is said to start in the second quarter of 2022 at Fab TSMC 18b, and mass production is expected to begin in the second half of the same year. Initially, the processing capacity is to amount to 4,000 silicon wafers by May 2022, and finally it will amount to 10,000 wafers per month.

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