TSMC says it can produce next-generation chips without a new ASML machine

By Toby Sterling

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC may not have to rely on ASML’s next-generation “High NA EUV” machines to create its next manufacturing technology, called A16, which is under development by 2027, an executive said on Tuesday.

High-NA lithography tools are expected to help cut chip designs by up to two-thirds, but manufacturers must weigh this benefit against higher cost and whether the old ASML technology can be more reliable and good enough.

At a conference in Amsterdam, Kevin Zhang said that the company’s A16 factories could be designed with this technology in mind, but this is not certain. TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip manufacturer, is the largest user of ASML’s conventional EUV machines.

“I like the technology, but not the price,” Zhang told reporters. “I think the timing of the implementation of high-resolution EUV will depend on what optimal economic and technical balance we can achieve.”

The High NA instruments are expected to cost more than €350 million ($378 million) each, compared to €200 million for conventional EUV ASML machines.

ASML, Europe’s largest technology company, dominates the market for lithography systems, machines that use beams of light to create microcircuit circuits.

Lithography is one of many technologies that semiconductor manufacturers are using to improve them, but it’s a factor that limits the size of a chip’s features: smaller means faster and more energy efficient.

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(Edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)

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