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Friday, 25 November 2011 09:44

TSMC struggles with 28nm orders

Written by Fudzilla staff



100,000 wafers per month won’t be enough


TSMC is seeing strong orders for 28nm chips, but punters are now questioning whether the foundry can ramp 28nm production in time to meet demand.

By the end of the year, TSMC should be churning out about 20,000 wafers and the figure is set to rise to about 100,000 after volume production starts in the first quarter of 2012.

However, the new process was already tapped by numerous companies for everything from GPUs to ARM based chips and even AMD APUs. Qualcomm, Nvidia, AMD, Xilinx and Altera are already on board and several major players, including Broadcom and STMicroelectronics are also interested. Let’s not forget that Apple could also be one of the major partners in the second half of 2012.

Of course, the catch is that there is simply not enough capacity to go around. TSMC plans to open a new 28nm plant in Q1 and until it does it is stuck with 20,000 wafers a month. This could prove to be a serious bottleneck over the next few months, so don’t hold your breath waiting for new 28nm graphics or phones based on next generation multicore chips.

More here.



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+1 #1 Kryojenix 2011-11-25 12:27
It's alright - Skyrim runs just fine at 2560x1600 on my Radeon HD 5970 / Phenom II 1090T - that'll keep me occupied for quite a while ... and I've only just started a 2 year contract on my HTC Evo 3D. :lol:

The foundries should be good to go by the time I need them.
 
 
+6 #2 Bl0bb3r 2011-11-25 14:59
GF needs to get its act together... we can't have all of the major chip designers crowded all in one place. The disaster this could pose if something would happen in the TSMC area.
 

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