According to the Taiwan industrial and commercial times, Apple’s A14 and a14x processors have been mass produced in TSMC with a 5-nm process. It is expected that the new desktop computer a14t processor and Apple’s own graphics processor (GPU) will be launched next year, and TSMC’s 5-nm process will also be used for tablet production. According to supply chain industry sources, Apple has embarked on the development of a new generation of A15 series processors. It is expected to adopt TSMC’s 5-nanometer enhanced version (n5p) process, and will start production in the third quarter of next year. < p > < p > in the second half of this year, Apple launched its new iPad iPhone 12 product line, using its own designed A14 series processor. Among them, the full series of iPad air and iPhone 12 use A14 application processor. As for the arm architecture MacBook to be released in November, it will use its own a14x processor. Apple A14 and a14x have been mass produced in TSMC using 5 nm process. < / P > < p > Apple has announced that it will replace the Intel x86 CPU with apple silicon’s arm architecture processor. In fact, since Apple developed the first A4 application processor for iPhone and iPad in 2010, the A-Series chips have gone through 10 generations of evolution. The learning curve of its own arm architecture chip research and development and mass production has also gone for 10 years. The performance of computing efficiency and low power consumption is better than expected. It is expected to convert MacBook and IMAC processors into Apple silicon designed by itself within two years. < / P > < p > in addition to the first apple silicon processor a14x used in MacBook, TSMC has adopted 5 nm mass production. According to Apple’s supply chain news, Apple will launch the first self-developed GPU code named lifuka next year, as well as the R & D code named “lifuka” Mt.Jade The first desktop computer processor, a14t, will be launched in the first half of next year using TSMC’s 5-nm process. < p > < p > Apple’s R & D team has recently started to develop a new generation of A15 series processors. Among them, the A15 bionic application processor applied to Apple’s new iPhone 13 series 5g smart phone next year is expected to adopt the 5-nanometer enhanced n5p process launched by TSMC next year, and will be launched in the third quarter of next year, and the follow-up will include the second-generation apple a15x and a15t Silicon will also be launched later. It is estimated that TSMC n5p process will also be used for mass production. According to the legal person, Apple’s iPhone, iPad, macbook, IMAC and other product lines have begun to enter the generation alternation of A14 series processors, and the research and development of the new generation of A15 series processors meets the expectation, and will become the largest customer of TSMC in 5 nm next year. As high-tech, Broadcom, Marvell, ultramicro, and MediaTek will also launch 5-nanometer products next year, we are optimistic that TSMC’s 5-nm capacity will remain full throughout the year. < p > < p > ASML, the leading manufacturer of wafer foundry TSMC and micro imaging equipment, revealed more details of 3nm at the corporate presentation meeting last week. TSMC 3 nm adopts FinFET structure and EUV micro shadow technology. Compared with 5 nm, the logic density will increase by 70%, and the number of EUV mask layers will be doubled and more than 20 layers. Therefore, TSMC is actively purchasing EUV exposure machine equipment. In the next three to five years, TSMC will still be the semiconductor factory with the largest EUV capacity in the world, and suppliers such as Jiadeng and Chongyue are expected to benefit. < p > < p > TSMC EUV lithography technology has entered mass production, and the process covers 7 + nm, 6 nm, 5 nm. According to the equipment industry, TSMC 7 + nano adopts EUV mask layer up to four layers, and ultra micro new generation Zen 3 architecture processor is expected to use this process for mass production. 6 nm has entered mass production in the fourth quarter. The number of EUV mask layers is one more layer than that of 7 + nm. Large factories such as MediaTek, Huida and Intel will adopt 6 nm to produce new generation products. In the second half of this year, TSMC will start mass production of 5nm process, mainly for Apple A14 and a14x processors, including ultramicro, Qualcomm, Huida, Intel, Broadcom, and Marvell, etc. will introduce 5-nm process into mass production of new generation products after next year. The maximum number of 5 nm EUV mask layers can reach 14 layers. Therefore, Fab 18 plant has built a huge EUV exposure machine. In response to the strong demand, TSMC will launch a 5-nm enhanced n5p process and introduce it into mass production next year. In the following year, it will launch a 4-nm process after 5-nm optimization. The manufacturers expect that the number of layers of n5p and 4-nm EUV masks will increase compared with 5-nm. In a recent conference, TSMC announced that the 3 nm R & D progress is in line with expectations and will be another major process node. Compared with the 5-nm process, the logic density of 3 nm can be increased by 70%, the operation efficiency can be increased by 15% under the same power consumption, and the power consumption can be reduced by 30% under the same operation efficiency. For the first time, the number of EUV mask layers used in the 3 nm process has exceeded 20 layers, and the industry estimates that it can reach 24 layers at most. Peter wennink, executive director of ASML, pointed out at a recent conference that the number of EUV mask layers used in the 5-nanometer logic process will exceed 10, and that of the 3-nanometer process will exceed 20. With the process miniaturization, the number of EUV mask layers will increase significantly and replace the deep ultraviolet (DUV) multiple exposure process. < / P > < p > the number of EUV mask layers of TSMC nano and 3 nm has increased. Jiadeng, which provides EUV pod, has benefited the most. The production capacity of this year and next year has been fully reserved by major customers. As for the EUV production capacity increased significantly, the agent of EUV photoresist Chongyue orders, orders are also scheduled to the second half of next year. After 12 years, “world class Super project” Shantou Bay Tunnel ushers in a historic breakthrough today