A news report by China.org.cn on contends that China's semiconductor industry is speeding up its development of advanced ICs as the homegrown 28 nm process is set to enter mass production this year, while the 14 nm process aims to follow suit next year, according to multiple sources. The industry considers 28 nm as the dividing line between low-to-mid range and mid-to-high end IC manufacturing.
Apart from ICs for central processing units, graphics processing units and artificial intelligence, other mainstream industrial products such as televisions, air conditioners, automobiles, high-speed trains, satellites, industrial robots, elevators and drones are the most common applications for the 28 nm technology process.
"China urgently needs to move toward mid-to-high end chip production, and being able to produce 28 nm chips means that it can meet most of the demand for chips without relying on other countries," said Teng Ran, head of the Integrated Circuit Industry Research Center of CCID Consulting, a firm affiliated with a think tank under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
According to Teng, as the 14 nm chipmaking process matures next year, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) will join the ranks of Intel, TSMC and Samsung as the first Chinese company to acquire the 14 nm technology and put it into mass production.
Teng said that SMIC's 14 nm process will be applied in the areas of 5G technology and high-performance computing, and can largely meet the demand.