While chip production using the 16nm and 12nm manufacturing process continues to be the main source of income for TSMC and in March, technological advances open those for the jump to the 7nm FinFET manufacturing node, far superior from the point of view of efficiency and operating frequencies achieved
Prepared to start mass production in June, the FinFET 7nm production lines are already reserved for chipset orders for Apple, Qualcomm and Huawei, with TSMC having absolute monopoly in this field for at least the next few months.
Simultaneously, TSMC will continue to deliver at a slightly lower cost and chipsets made using the 12 nm manufacturing process, MediaTek having prepared the Helio P60 chipset that integrates facilities for accelerating artificial intelligence algorithms
Snapdragon 855, the successor of the Spandragon 845 chip used with the Galaxy S9 series phones, will also be part of the first series of chipsets that benefit from the 7nm FinFET process. Probably the first series of devices that will benefit from the new chipsets with 7nm manufacturing process will be launched even later this year, in time for the winter shopping season.