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TSMC builds up Fab 14, the first in the world to make 20nm chips

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TSMC builds up Fab 14, the first in the world to make 20nm chips
Just last week, we walked you through a brief history of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the chip foundry that manufactures the majority of world’s mobile silicon, including Apple’s A6 processor. TSMC is second only to Intel in market valuation, and could soon outgrow it with clients like Qualcomm and Nvidia, makers of the Snapdragon and Tegra chips.

And now, TSMC has started phase 6 construction of its Fab 14. Why is this important? Fab 14 is the fabrication facility that will be the first in the world to start manufacturing 20nm systems on a chip, and TSMC’s first to kick off production of 16nm FinFET chips in volume.

The 20nm manufacturing technology will bring us the next generation of mobile devices. In 2012, we have just started seeing the first phones 28nm chips like the U.S. Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X, and 20nm will be a huge leap forward. We’d still have to wait until 2014 for those, though.

Fab 14 is a 12-inch (300mm) wafer plant that will further boost TSMC’s current capacity. The foundry is said to be able to finally catch up with 28nm chips demand in the next one or two quarters.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 26 Nov 2012, 04:03 5

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Without tsmc... Qualcomm and nvidia wont exist... Tsmc is the world biggest supplier for the chips maker company...

Thanks to the phonearena for writing the previous article about the tsmc background... I feel like highly educated lol :P

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 04:22 4

2. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


What about INTEL manufacturing plant ?

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 04:29 2

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


IDK... One thing I know is that your avatar... Is AWESOME!!! LOL

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 04:47 2

4. MeoCao (unregistered)


Intel makes its own chips, that's different model from TSMC's. I think what Wendy says is correct.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 05:22 2

5. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Intel is the biggest.

As for TSMC, we shall see on the yield rates because they struggled with 28nm polysi

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 09:27

6. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


Seriously, more than half the wafer production tech that was on the books when I was in school had intel written all over it...

I know Intel makes 20nm stuff, is it just not in CPU form?

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 17:04

7. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


Im so amused at creation of God when i see that silicon, which we human think is "DIRT", is so powerful and has become such a big part of our lives we cant live with out these chips which are actually "SILICON"...

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