TSMC confirms it will fully meet 28nm chip demand in Q1 2013, 20nm going ahead of schedule

TSMC confirms it will fully meet 28nm chip demand in Q1 2013, 20nm going ahead of schedule
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is the world’s biggest semiconductor foundry, and when it confirms that 28 nanometer chips will come very close to meeting demand in the last quarter of 2012, you know this could mean trouble for phone vendors. TSMC said that it will have its lines fully loaded and struggling to meet demand for the new 28nm silicon in Q3, come close to meeting demand in the last quarter of the year and fully meet demand in the first three months of next year.

The foundry’s chairman and chief executive Morris Chang admitted that TSMC failed to rightly estimate demand for 28nm chips this year, and that’s why it couldn’t meet demand initially.

This effectively means that handsets based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 chip, the first mobile solution built using 28nm technology, will be in low supply by 2013. 

But TSMC is moving to fix that by extending capital expenditure by some $8 to $8.5 billion.

Also, TSMC said it’s boosting production of 20nm chips, and that it’s going ahead of schedule.

source: DigiTimes

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6 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Next year,we will have 15,10 or.even 5nm chips.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

not quite that fast. they should be down to the 20nm range though. be lookin at like 2015 for 15nm and under.

4. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Getting to sub-15nm will be incredibly hard to achieve.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Intel is saying they can break the theoretical 9nm limit by like 2015/2016. Awesome stuff.

5. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Sure, they would be there but not so early, maybe 10 years after we will have them as or now waiting for the 20nm ones

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Atleast TSMC is fully aware that it should do something quickly

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