Two of the largest bitcoin mining chip manufacturers have plans to equip their products with 5nm chips in the near future. Just recently, China-based manufacturer Bitmain purportedly produced the world’s first 5nm test-grade bitcoin mining chip and more efficient mining rigs will see mass production next year. The firm Canaan also recently announced that the company will have access to 5nm semiconductors by Q1 2020.
TSMC’s 5nm Process Is Ahead of the Game
Last January, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reported at its annual conference that the company’s 7nm node (N7) was operating under capacity. On top of all this news, next-generation computer makers, iPhone distributors, and bitcoin mining rig manufacturers sought 7nm chips in mass quantity this year creating massive demand. TSMC expected revenue to increase slowly in 2019, but the last two quarters saw better revenue performance than expected. Despite the issues with the company’s 7nm process, TSMC has continuously signaled confidence in its 5nm (N5) process roadmap.
In December, at the IEEE IEDM Conference, the firm discussed its 5nm process in high regard alongside Intel’s slideshow describing 2nm and 1.4 nm chips by 2029. TSMC noted huge differences between the 7nm and 5nm process as the 7nm yields just a touch below 100 million transistors per square millimeter (mTr/mm2). The 5nm technology has shown an average yield of 80%, with a peak yield per wafer of 90%. The Taiwan foundry’s 5nm test chips had shown a die size of 17.92 mm2.
Coming Soon: Bitmain and Canaan 5nm Equipped Bitcoin Mining Rigs
Following the details about TSMC’s 5nm process, two of the largest bitcoin mining rig manufacturers in the world revealed that they would soon be equipped with TSMC’s 5nm chips. Local reports from China