Last year, TSMC announced that development for 5nm, 3nm, and even 2nm process nodes were in progress and it appears that everything is going well. TSMC’s 7nm process is on track for 2018 and their 5nm process is on track for early 2019. While details on their 3nm process was relatively sparse, it appears that 3nm is on track as well given a recent announcement from TSMC confirms that they’ve already selected the location for their next generation semiconductor manufacturing.
According to the short announcement, TSMC’s upcoming 3nm fab will be built in the Tainan Science Park in southern Taiwan. TSMC selected the site in order to “…fully leverage the company’s existing cluster advantage and the benefit of a comprehensive supply chain.” Additionally, “TSMC recognizes and is grateful for the government’s clear commitments to resolve any issues, including land, water, electricity and environmental protection.” The fab is expected to be completed in 2022 and will require a total of 50 to 80 hectares of land along with an investment of NT$500 Billion.