China to Ramp Up High-Volume Production Using 14nm Node by End of 2022

Chinese chipmakers and chip designers at present are focused primarily on mature high-volume process technologies in a bid to support local makers of automobiles, consumer electronics, smartphones, and Internet-of-Things. Yet the country officials believe that next year local makers of semiconductors will begin to ramp up the fabrication of chips using 14 nm and more advanced nodes.

China has been developing its semiconductor manufacturing prowess for over two decades now. So far, companies like Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and Hua Hong Semiconductor have become rather significant chipmakers, but only when it comes to planar process technologies (e.g., 28 nm and thicker). SMIC, China’s most advanced contract maker of semiconductors, gets a negligible revenue share from producing chips using its 14 nm FinFET fabrication process, yet the situation is slowly improving (according to SMIC) as more local (and multi-national) chip designers adopt the node.

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