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TSS & OPENEDGES at the 30th North America TSMC Technology Symposium 2024

The day preceding the highly anticipated event was nothing short of extraordinary as we had the privilege of visiting our friend, Yiyi Wang, at Nvidia's magnificent Voyager building. Yiyi graciously hosted us in this architectural marvel, where nature seamlessly intertwines with meticulously crafted spaces. As we soaked in the ambiance of Voyager, Yiyi introduced us to her new role at Nvidia, adding another layer of excitement to our visit. The warmth of the gathering coupled with the awe-inspiring surroundings left an indelible impression on us, setting the stage for what was to come at the TSMC Technology Symposium.



Fast forward to the main event, and it was evident from the outset that this year's symposium was going to be exceptional. The atmosphere was electric, with attendees flooding the venue to capacity, leaving many standing during the opening remarks.



TSMC's N2 process is scheduled for 2025, and will feature TSMC's NanoFlex technology, allowing the mix of short cells and tall cells in the same block.  With this technology, better PPA can be achieved by mixing in cells at different ratio, with the tall cells driving up speed performance. 

 

We also got a glimpse of the latest technology node; the A16 with backside Super Power Rail (SPR), to be made available in 2026.  The A16 process will have speed improvement, power reduction, as well as chip density improvement over the N2 process.



Amidst the flurry of groundbreaking announcements and technical presentations, the symposium also served as a reunion of sorts, bringing together partners, customers, and former colleagues from across the industry. I was very delighted to have ran into Shawn Liu, for whom we have worked closely together for a long time in the past.



As the symposium drew to a close, there was a sense of excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead. With the promise of continued innovation and collaboration, we eagerly await the next TSMC event, where we'll once again come together to celebrate the cutting edge of semiconductor technology and forge new connections that will shape the future of our industry.

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