TSMC's 2018 annual report was released. Chairman of the Board of Directors Liu Deyin and President Wei Zhejia told the shareholders' report that 2018 was a year in which TSMC reached many milestones, revenue and net profit. Earnings per share has set a record for seven consecutive years; successfully mass production of 7 nanometer process, and leading other peers for at least one year; in diversified applications, the company has strong customer participation and customer product design, this is the first in the industry The most advanced logic process technology is provided by the TSMC as an open platform for the entire semiconductor industry; and with the most powerful technology portfolio, the widest range of customer coverage and the largest potential market, the company is more than ever They are all in a better position to grasp the opportunities for future growth.
TSMC said that in today's world, digital operations can be seen everywhere, and a large number of electronic products are connected to each other to generate more data. New applications and products are embedded with artificial intelligence (AI), and semiconductors are becoming more popular.The market's demand for higher performance, lower power consumption and higher levels of system integration will further drive product advancement, and TSMC will assist in its implementation. In terms of special technology, last year's FinFET-based 16nm thin-state RF (16FFC RF) process has proven to provide the industry's first mass-produced 5G mobile network chip.
TSMC further pointed out that the company's 7nm process technology was successfully mass-produced last year and is in rapid volume. The production has created a new industry record. More than 40 customer product designs have been finalized.It is expected that more than 100 new customer product designs will be finalized this year. 7nm customer products include mobile devices, game consoles, AI, central processing units, graphics processors, and Netcom devices. The second-generation 7-nanometer (N7+) technology entered trial production in August last year and is expected to enter mass production this year. The N7+ will also be the industry's first commercial extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography process technology.
5 nanometer process technology, TSMC said that the development progress is in line with expectations, is expected to enter the trial production in the second quarter of this year, the company in transistor, link efficiency, yield Learning and quality reliability have made significant progress; customer product design is scheduled to begin in the first half of this year, and mass production will begin in the first half of 2020. It is expected that many customers will use TSMC's 5nm process technology as their product. Establish leadership. In addition, TSMC's 3nm technology has also entered the stage of full development.
Looking forward to this year, TSMC expects,In the face of the global economic weakness and international trade tensions, the company will strive to strengthen the basic physique of the business and accelerate the differentiation of technology, and will also strengthen its network security and confidential information protection measures. When the cloud sees the sun, TSMC is determined to become a stronger force in the semiconductor industry. It is believed that the continuous industry trend of 5G and AI will drive the growth of the semiconductor industry in the future; the company is still in the best position and will lead the industry to provide the most advanced and complete solutions for the future application of the semiconductor market.