Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is ready to enjoy a sure win over Samsung Electronics in the race of 7nm process volume production in 2018, as it has secured orders from over 40 customers for fabricating chips on the advanced process for mobile communication, high-performance computing and AI (artificial intelligence) applications. Both Apple and Qualcomm are among TSMC's major customers, with the foundry house contracted to fabricate all the A12 processor chips for the 2018 new-generation iPhone devices, according to industry sources.
Additionally, TSMC is incorporating extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology into its 7nm+ process and is stepping up deployments in the 5nm and 3nm processes.
To compete against TSMC's 5nm node, Samsung is planning to launch a 4nm process in 2020. It's also said to start 7nm volume production in 2018 and is developing 6nm and 5nm processes for 2019. The company is hoping to capture 25% of the global foundry market within five years. Samsung currently has 10%, significantly less than TSMC's 60%.