U.S. firm signs up over 20 clients for device made with TSMC chips

06/15/2021 09:05 PM
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Taipei, June 15 (CNA) Synopsys Inc., a U.S-based electronic design automation solutions provider, said on Tuesday that it has signed up more than 20 of its clients for the latest device made using the most recent advanced process developed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC).

In a statement, Synopsys said its DesignWare IP, which is used by integrated circuit designers as a tool for their design efforts, has been used by more than 20 clients in a wide range of industries such as automotive electronics, artificial intelligence, high performance computing (HPC) devices and servers.

Synopsys said the new DesignWare IP solution was made using TSMC's advanced 5 nanometer process, the latest technology for which the Taiwanese semiconductor giant has launched mass production since the second quarter of last year.

The American firm said it and TSMC, the world's largest contract chipmaker, have built close business ties over decades, and the Taiwanese manufacturer's high-end technologies are able to satisfy the needs of IC design houses which are hungry for technology-heavy tools that aid product design.

Synopsys said clients who used the new DesignWare IP solution have put up several products for sale, including Universal Serial Bus devices (USB), Ethernet, a broad transmission medium, and embedded memory chips.

The U.S. company said more products using its DesignWare IP solution including DisplayPort, a digital display interface, are expected in the second half of this year.

With the number of applications of Synopsys on the rise, TSMC is expected to enjoy an increase in shipments of chips made using its 5nm process this year, market analysts said.

The 5nm process is expected to account for about 20 percent of TSMC's total sales in 2021, they added.

According to TSMC, the 5nm process made up 14 percent of its revenue in the first quarter of this year.

In addition to the 5nm process, TSMC is also developing the more sophisticated 3nm and 2nm, with the mass production of 3nm technology scheduled for 2022.

On the Taiwan Stock Exchange, TSMC shares rose 1.16 percent to close at the day's high of NT$609.00 (US$22.03) after its American depositary receipts gained 2.32 percent on U.S. markets overnight amid optimism over its business prospects in the wake of strong global demand.

(By Chang Chien-chung and Frances Huang)

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