Recovering from a list of multi-billion dollar writedowns
According to a recent Chinese-language report, TSMC and Foxconn Electronics are partnering up to place bids for shares of Toshiba’s memory business after the company dealt with a major loss in its devices and components business last year amid a drop in global memory prices. And problems with nuclear matters.
60 percent of revenues to come from US this year
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company held its most recent investors conference on January 12th, during which company officials said that it has not ruled out the possibility of building a facility in the US as a response to recent nationalistic pleas to restore American manufacturing jobs.
TSMC needs to improve yield rates on 10nm first
The folks at Boston-based BlueFin Research Partners have recently given some much-needed commentary on the state of 10nm chip production at TSMC for Apple’s next-generation iPhone units.
A smaller version of existing 16nm technology
According to industry sources, TSMC is planning to introduce a 12 nanometer half-node process to enhance competition with 28nm and lower process nodes that have been adopted over the past few years.
It will not be easy to protect intellectual property
In a TSMC annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday, company executive Morris Chang made a clear and concise policy decision on whether Chinese investors should be allowed to appoint directors to the Taiwan-based company’s board.
U.S. semiconductor industry on the rocks, TSMC pulls ahead
In the industry of wafer manufacturing that drives the advancement of Moore’s Law and technological progress, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company claims it will outgrow the rest of the semiconductor market in 2016 despite unfavorable market conditions that have resulted during the year.
More details may come at DAC 2016 in June
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is set to launch a production trial of its 7-nanometer process node in the first half of 2017, according to company chairman Morris Chang in a recent report mailed to company shareholders.
Low-end, midrange smartphone demand offset February earthquake
On Thursday Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announced an 18 percent quarterly revenue decline for Q1 2016 from the same timeframe a year ago in Q1 2015. The chip manufacturing giant also announced Q1 2016 net profit of $2 billion USD ($64.78 billion TWD), representing an 8.3 percent quarterly profit decline from the same timeframe a year ago in Q1 2015.
Damage to Fab 14 may affect iPhone 7 production
A recent 6.4-magnitude earthquake in the southern Taiwan region that killed at least 116 people was originally expected to have a less than 1 percent impact on semiconductor manufacturing in the region. TSMC now expects to have an impact above 1 percent, according to an updated report from DigiTimes.
20nm volume production begins Q1 2014