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Highlights of the day: TSMC sees strong demand for 5nm process

Strong demand from major clients has prompted TSMC to raise its output from its 5nm manufacturing process. The pure-play foundry house is expected to process up to 150,000 wafers monthly at the 5nm node through the end of the year. Morris Chang considers Samsung a strong competitor of the company he founded, but is skeptical about Intel's bid to expand its presence in the foundry sector. Apple has just unveiled its new miniLED-backlit iPad Pro devices powered by M1 chip. Shipments for the new devices are expected to reach 11 million units in 2021.

TSMC stepping up 5nm chip output: TSMC will be stepping up its 5nm chip output, scaling it up to as much as 150,000 wafers monthly starting in the second quarter through the end of this year, according to industry sources.

Samsung remains formidable competitor for TSMC, says Morris Chang: Samsung Electronics is still a formidable competitor for TSMC, according to Morris Chang, founder of the world's largest pure-play foundry.

New-gen iPad Pro shipments to peak in 3Q21: Shipments of Apple's just-unveiled miniLED-backlit iPad Pro will peak for 2021 in the third quarter, according to industry sources.

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