In 2015, after the fact that the A9 chip manufactured for apple did not last as long as the chips produced by TSMC, Samsung no longer received the OEM order of Apple's A-Series processor, and all the orders of apple were handed over to TSMC.
Samsung, which lost Apple's order, still won orders from Qualcomm and other companies, but in terms of chip manufacturing process, Samsung also lags behind TSMC for a period of time. With the same process, TSMC is the first to launch large-scale production.
According to the latest reports from foreign media, Samsung, which has lagged behind TSMC for a period of time, is seeking to strengthen cooperation with ASMC, a supplier of extreme ultraviolet lithography machines, in order to accelerate the research and development of 5nm and 3nm process technology.
It is hard to say whether Samsung can surpass TSMC in accelerating the development of 5nm and 3nm processes.
TSMC's 5nm process has been put into production in the first quarter of this year, contributing about $1 billion in revenue in the third quarter, and is expected to exceed $2.6 billion in the fourth quarter.
In terms of the more advanced 3nm process, TSMC is also pushing ahead as planned, with a risk trial production in 2021 and a large-scale production in 2022.
In addition, TSMC has a close cooperation with ASMC, the only supplier of extreme ultraviolet lithography machines in the world. They have obtained a large number of EUV lithography machines. During the global technology forum in August, TSMC disclosed that about half of the EUV lithography machines in operation in the world, and their production capacity is expected to account for 60% of the world's total.