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TSMC shifts to 45nm in September


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Big guns make the switch


The world's biggest contract chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced that it will start producing 45 nanometre process technology in September.

TSMC Chief Executive Officer Rick Tsai said in a statement that his company's 45nm products will mean that the company will be able to provide next-generation technology at the earliest possible time.

TSMC has been driving process technology to advanced 90-, 65- and 45-nanometre as next-generation electronics devices such as cell phones and game consoles require more powerful processors.

The smaller circuitry allows the design of more powerful chips for more complex devices, and the squeezing of more circuits onto a single chip also increases chip yield per wafer, boosting efficiency.

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