Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Supplier TSMC is Aggressively Scheduling smaller faster processors for iDevices between 2018-2021." Founder and chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Morris Chang talked about the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) to TSMC's competitiveness. There are already mobile devices featuring AI capabilities, and the technology is expected to be used widely, such as healthcare applications, where AI could make a significant impact, Chang noted.
Today we're learning that TSMC's co-CEO Mark Liu made a number of disclosures while speaking at the firm's annual Supply Chain Management Forum held yesterday. Liu highlighted four major technology platforms they're focused on: high-performance computing, IoT (Internet of Things), automotive electronics and mobile devices.
He then noted that to serve as future growth drivers of the semiconductor industry, TSMC has now seen another two fields emerge catching up, AI (artificial intelligence) and 5G high-speed transmission.
Liu further noted that TSMC is engaged in intensive negotiations with numerous customers on developing and manufacturing chips for machine learning and AI applications, using 12nm, 10nm and 7nm processes.
At the moment, there are around 300 million smartphones already adopting neural network technology associated with AI, he said. TSMC's largest customer Apple introduced neural network technology during their iPhone X event in September.
Liu continued by stating that TSMC is also developing 5G-related chips for over 40 customers using its new-generation 7nm process, which is slated for volume production at the firm's Fab 12 in 2018.
On Wednesday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn, Intel and Asia Pacific Telecom Unveil new Platform for 5G Network Smart Solutions for AR/VR, Healthcare & More."
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