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TSMC says its supply of 28nm chips continues to be low

0. phoneArena posted on 22 Feb 2013, 01:01

Strong orders for mobile devices has kept the production line for TSMC's 28nm chips running at full utilization and as the chip foundry's clients gear up production of their latest and greatest models prior to MWC, CEO Morris Chang says that TSMC has 100% market share in 28nm production; for 2013, the number of wafer starts for 28nm will triple the number seen in 2012...

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posted on 22 Feb 2013, 01:31

1. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

But their 28nm is still LP process with Poly/Sion technology. HPM (HK+MG) process is still not available.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 04:50

2. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

Are you sure? TSMC claims it otherwise:

They say Poly/Sion was used for 40nm, but HPM for 28nm.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 10:47

3. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

Im sure
"The 28nm generation represents TSMC's most energy-efficient and high-performance method of manufacturing to date. 28nm is the first generation that foundry industry starts to use high-K metal gate (HKMG) process. Still, poly/oxynitride process is offered to meet customer's time-to-market need."

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 20:21

4. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

Im sure its because of their low yield rate.

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