Advanced Chinese chipmaking capacity to relieve worldwide shortage in semiconductor products
Beijing/PRNewswire/ — The development of China’s domestic chipmaking industry is looking promising as advanced 28 and 14 nanometer (nm) processes are expected to enter mass production by the end of this year and next year respectively, an expert predicted.
Wen Xiaojun, head of the Electronic Information Institute at the China Centre for Information Industry Development (CCID), told China’s news portal huanqiu.com, that he was seeing more encouraging signs in China’s chipmaking industry despite technological challenges.
Chinese manufacturers’ 14 nm process has navigated many technology difficulties with significant improvements to manufacturing techniques, packaging technologies and key equipment materials, signaling that the technology for this particular node is going to mature and enter mass production by next year, Wen explained.
“This means that China’s complete reliance on overseas supply chains is coming to an end,” he said.
According to statistics, the global semiconductor market generated about US$200 billion in sales in the first half of 2019. The 14 nm chipmaking process accounted for 65% of those sales as it is widely used in fields like high-end consumer electronics, high-speed computing, artificial intelligence and automobiles. This year, global sales of semiconductor products reached US$123 billion for the first quarter only, up some 17.8% year on year.
The production lines for 14 nm and 12 nm chipmaking are believed to be critical in the semiconductor industry, as the 14 nm process and above can meet almost 70% of the industry demand for chips, and the 12 nm node can meet the requirements for most mid-end 5G chips.
With cautious optimism, Wen noted that although China’s chipmaking industry is delivering impressive results regarding the 14 nm node, domestic industry stakeholders still need to play catch-up with other global giants to bridge the technology gap, which, in his words, “calls for devoting more time, investment, and human resources.”
In an interview earlier in May with weiot.net, a media outlet focused on the Internet-of-Things (IoT) industry, Ni Guangnan, a fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, also stressed the importance of staying at the forefront of the advanced chipmaking industry to catch up with other leading producers
Ni said new technological breakthroughs in the 28 nm and more advanced 14 nm nodes will raise confidence in China’s semiconductor industry and facilitate growth in cutting-edge sectors like new energy vehicles and artificial intelligence.
The World Semiconductor Conference kicked off in Nanjing, capital city of east China’s Jiangsu province, earlier this month, showcasing the innovative technology and applications in the semiconductor industry from home and abroad.
Industry leaders such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), Synopsys Inc and Montage Technology participated in the conference together with over 300 other exhibitors.