TSMC expects to produce in 2016 on a large scale at 16nm




Taiwanese chip maker TSMC only going to produce in 2016 widely FinFET chips at 16nm. This group is behind competitors Intel, Samsung and GlobalFoundries. A year later TSMC must be able to produce on a large scale at 10nm.

“Currently, we have information from customers to qualify for products with 16nm technology and we are next year, in 2016, ready for the volume disaster,” said co-CEO of TSMC, Mark Liu, in the notes to the quarterly the company. The transcription of the notes is at Seeking Alpha. The CEO also said his company expects to be produced in 2017 with large volumes at 10nm.

“Because we are a little late, our market share at 16 nanometers are smaller in 2015 than that of our competitors,” Liu admitted, but he expressed the expectation that TSMC in 2016 with a much larger market share than competitors.

Those competitors are Intel and Samsung, which together with GlobalFoundries works hard to get the 14nm FinFET-production on steam. The 14nm production can be regarded as similar to the 16nm process. According to the Taiwanese site Digitimes, Samsung and GlobalFoundries thanks to their lead 70 percent of Apple’s order for A9 chips for iPhones and iPads won. DigiTimes, however there is often next to his notice.

TSMC announced on Thursday 79 percent have earned more profit than in the fourth quarter of 2013. This could partly be due to strong sales of iPhones, which makes TSMC some of the chips. TSMC also sells its stake of 5 percent in ASML. Samsung maintains its interest of 3 percent.


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