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TSMC sparks research into materials BEYOND silicon

TSMC's planned new R&D center will research materials beyond silicon

By Anthony Garreffa on Nov 3, 2019 09:50 pm CST - 1 min, 23 secs reading time

TSMC, or as they're officially known Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., have announced they are building a new research and development center in Taiwan that will begin research into a material beyond silicon.

TSMC sparks research into materials BEYOND silicon |

The new center is part of a shift away from the previous talks of TSMC building a new plant in the United States, with TSMC Chairman Mark Liu saying recently that the US government has been in contact with its customers about moving semiconductor manufacturing into the US because of the recent allegations of spy equipment infused into major systems and motherboards including SuperMicro by China.

TSMC boss Mark Liu added that production of chips in the US is "very difficult" due to its costs, following up that the manufacturing giant will build a new Bell Labs-like research and development center in Hsinchu, Taiwan -- where 8000 engineers will begin research into materials beyond silicon. How damn exciting is that.

TSMC has been getting down and busy with next-gen plants as it is, with a 2nm research facility in Taiwan and a new 3nm fabrication plant under construction as we speak. But TSMC is looking far beyond 3nm and 2nm into new materials that are beyond silicon -- with the firest silicon chip invented in 1961 this is a momentous time to be alive.

I'm super excited about this, the shift to beyond silicon. I think it will be something along with quantum computing, will be the largest shift in power we've ever had. We are working on magic in our terms, let alone what was around 100 years ago and TSMC is leading the charge in that.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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