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TSMC says it will make ultra-advanced 2nm chips by 2025

Taiwanese titan joins Samsung and Intel in race for latest semiconductor tech

TSMC says its 2-nanometer tech will be based on "nanosheet transistor architecture" and deliver significant improvements in chip performance and power efficiency. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

TAIPEI/SEOUL -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. says it will begin production of ultra-advanced 2 nanometer chips by 2025, putting fresh attention on the race to develop cutting-edge semiconductor technologies following similar announcements by Samsung Electronics and Intel.

TSMC made its announcement at an industry event on Thursday in the U.S., its first in-person tech symposium in two years. The Taiwanese chip titan said its 2nm tech will be based on "nanosheet transistor architecture" to deliver significant improvements in performance and power efficiency. Nanosheet architecture is a completely different infrastructure from the Finfet infrastructure used for 5nm chips, currently the most advanced on the market. Such new tech requires massive investments to make available.

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