During its technology symposium in Taiwan on June 21, CC Wei, the CEO of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) stated that the production of its next generation 5-nanometer chips would likely begin sometime near the end of 2019, with mass production of the processors slated for an early 2020 release. TSMC’s 5nm chips are expected to be rolled out in Apple’s future iPhone and iPad series, which are set for release a few years from now.
During his talk at the symposium, Wei noted that the company’s ongoing production ramp for its 7nm chips is going well, with capacity hitting 12 million in 2018. These figures correspond to a 9 percent increase from the company’s production output in year-on-year, when TSMC manufactured 10.5 million units. As noted in a DigiTimes report, however, the company did not elaborate on the specific orders from its high-profile customers such as Apple.