Increasing capital expenditure
Chipmaker TSMC said that it will increase its capital expenditure in a bid to get enough gear to make 28-nanometer chips.
A number of its customers are furious that the outfit did not have enough machines to handle the 28 nm process. TSMC said that it will be spending more than US$7 billion in an effort to satisfy customers’ strong demand for its advanced process. That is an increase of about 17 percent on an estimate of US$6 billion that TSMC made three months ago.
It might be too late already Nvidia and Qualcomm have said that they are looking for a second source, such as south Korea’s Samsung, UMC and even GlobalFoundries. TSMC chairman and chief executive Morris Chang told a technology forum in San Jose, California that the company had some difficulties with 28-nanometer chips, but those difficulties had to do with not having enough capacity, not the yields.
The company expects to complete 132 tape-outs of 28-nanometer chips for customers this year after finishing 36 at the end of last year, Chang said in January.