China’s chip investments potentially more good than bad for TSMC

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is putting a positive spin on China’s investments aimed at making its chip industry a competitive, global powerhouse. “We think our business opportunity in China will grow, will be bigger, with this development,” said Mark Liu, co-CEO of TSMC during a conference call to discuss earnings.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/chinas-chip-investments-potentially-more-good-than-bad-for-tsmc/

TSMC to start production of 16nm process products in 2Q15

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will begin volume production of 16nm FinFET process products in the second quarter or early third quarter of 2015, according to company co-CEO CC Wei. Despite rising competition, TSMC will continue to lead its peers in the combined segment of 20nm and 16nm processes, Wei said at the company’s latest investors conference.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141017PD209.html

TSMC reportedly lands CPU orders for Apple next-generation iPad

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015, according to sources familiar with the matter. TSMC is currently fabricating Apple’s A8 processors for the iPhone 6 devices, which hit the market recently and total shipments are expected to reach 70-80 million by the end of 2014.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141015PD206.html

ARM and TSMC unveil roadmap for 64-bit ARM-based processors on 10nm FinFET process

ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have announced a new multi-year agreement that will deliver ARMv8-A processor IP optimized for TSMC 10nm FinFET process technology. Because of the success in scaling from 20nm SoC to 16nm FinFET, ARM and TSMC have decided to collaborate again for 10FinFET. This early pathfinding work will provide valuable learning to enable physical design IP and methodologies in support of customers to tape-out 10nm FinFET designs as early as the fourth quarter of 2015.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141003PR202.html

ARM and TSMC announce 10nm FinFET collaboration

TSMC (台積電) and ARM Holding Co. on Thursday announced a collaborative development initiative on the 10-nanometer (nm) Fin Field-Effect transistor (FinFET) fabrication technology designed for the ARMv8-A architecture capable of 64-bit support. Reports indicate that with aid from ARM and TSMC, clients will be able to assess and implement the 10nm FinFET fabrication intellectual property for 64-bit applications in the fourth quarter of next year at the earliest.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/04/418640/ARM-and.htm

TSMC & ARM complete validating next-gen chips

TAIPEI — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s largest contract chip maker, said Tuesday it has completed a silicon validation of 64-bit chips made on the 16 nanometer process for British chip designer ARM Holdings PLC, representing a breakthrough in cooperation for the industry giants. The silicon results on TSMC’s advanced 16-nm FinFET process technology show that the Cortex-A57 processor can achieve a speed of 2.3 GHz for sustained mobile peak performance, while the lower-end Cortex-A53 processor consumes 75 milliwatts for most common workloads, it said in a statement.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/01/418449/TSMC-and.htm

TSMC to get 84% share of global tech market

TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip maker, is expected to take an 84-percent share in the high-end technology market of the global semiconductor wafer foundry business, according to a research report. In the report, market information advisory firm IC Insights said that TSMC is expected to post US$10.3 billion in sales from the 28 nanometer process or more advanced chip making technology in 2014, accounting for about 84 percent of the global total.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/28/418220/TSMC-to.htm

Chip suppliers set to compete for wafer capacity, from Taiwan

Chip suppliers are expected to begin to pull in orders for wafers in order to produce chips for non-Apple device vendors, a move which is likely to start a new round of competition for wafer capacity, according to industry sources. Most wafer foundry houses, particularly Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), have been running nearly at full capacity since the beginning of 2014 as they have to ramp up output to meet demand from non-Apple device vendors in the first half of the year before related Apple suppliers begin to pull in orders in the second half.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140925PD201.html

TSMC, Samsung split orders for iPhone 6 processors: HIS

TAIPEI — A product teardown by research firm IHS Inc. has found that South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. is still supplying some processor chips for Apple Inc.’s larger-screen iPhones, although more orders are going to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電). In an analysis report published Tuesday, IHS said the Apple-designed A8 processor used in both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is not supplied entirely by Samsung, signaling a major departure in component supplier selection from previous iPhone models.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/09/25/417974/TSMC-Samsung.htm

TSMC’s market share to be boosted by new 28-nanometer process

TAIPEI–A new cost-competitive 28-nanometer process developed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台灣積體電路) may help the world’s largest contract chip maker gain more market share, according to Germany’s Deutsche Bank AG. TSMC announced Sept. 12 that it has started mass production of the 28-nanometer High Performance Compact (28HPC) process, claiming it to be the most power- and cost-efficient solution among all 28-nanometer technologies in the foundry segment.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/18/417446/TSMCs-market.htm

TSMC see follow-up IC orders for iPhone 6 devices

Foreign chipset suppliers have placed follow-up orders for chips to be used in iPhone 6 devices with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), extending order visibility of foundry houses to the first quarter of 2015, according to industry sources. Some analog IC suppliers indicated that Apple aims to ship 80-100 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, and initial response to the new iPhone devices seems to be enthusiastic and could gain momentum.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140916PD212.html

TSMC to maintain dominance: foreign brokerage

TAIPEI, Taiwan — According to a recent report by Deutsche Bank AG, TSMC (台積電) is poised to command more than 70 percent of the global market for 28-nanometer and 32-nanometer semiconductor fabrication, as the Taiwan-based sector bellwether commences mass production of its high-performance 28-nanometer variant (HPC) designed to power low- and mid-tier mobile devices.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/16/417289/TSMC-to.htm

TSMC to secure orders for Apple’s A9 chip: analysts

TAIPEI, Taiwan — As global markets await the unveiling of Apple’s iPhone 6 handset, reports indicate that analysts are expecting TSMC to secure manufacturing orders for the U.S.-based company’s upcoming A9 processor that is slated to power next year’s iPhone handset. Given its status as the bellwether of the smartphone sector, the contest to secure manufacturing orders for the processor powering each year’s iPhone handset has become the most important battle for semiconductor companies worldwide.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/09/416760/TSMC-to.htm

Taiwanese and Chinese companies need to develop innovation: TSMC

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Both Taiwanese and Chinese businesses need to develop their innovation ability, and by doing so, companies across the strait will no longer need to rely on toil and sweat to make a profit, said a senior officer of Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC,台積電) yesterday. The comment was made by TSMC’s Chinese business division deputy general manager Luo Zhen-qiu (羅鎮球), who attended a forum that discussed cross-strait semiconductor industry cooperation and development. Luo touched on how businesses across the strait may compliment each other.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/09/05/416481/Taiwanese-and.htm

TSMC, Hon Hai, MediaTek top Q2 R&D spenders

TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., and MediaTek Inc. ranked as the three largest research and development spenders among the manufacturers listed on Taiwan’s main board and the over-the-counter (OTC) market in the second quarter of his year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). Citing statistics, the MOEA said that the TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker, spent NT$13.6 billion (US$453 million) in R&D expenses during the April-June period, topping R&D spending rankings among Taiwan’s listed manufacturers.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/08/24/415640/TSMC-Hon.htm

TSMC 4Q14 production capacity almost fully booked

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has informed Taiwan-based IC design houses that its production capacity for the fourth quarter of 2014 is almost fully booked, and urged vendors which are short of production capacity to book wafer orders in advance, according to industry sources. While the supply of wafers at TSMC is tight for the third quarter, the nearly sold-out wafer production for the fourth quarter at TSMC has placed most IC design houses in a dilemma as to whether they should queue up at TSMC for capacity.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140814PD214.html

ProMOS idle 12-inch fab is up for grabs

A number of semiconductor firms, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Micron Technology, Globalfoundries and Toshiba, are likely to participate in an open bid for taking over an idle 12-inch fab owned by ProMOS Technologies, according to industry sources. The 12-inch fab, located in Taichung Science Park (TSP), has been idle since March 2013 after ProMoS sold the bulk of production equipment of the fab to Globalfoundries. But the fab has completed the construction of its cleanroom and can resume operations if production equipment is reinstalled, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140811PD203.html

China-based IC design houses ramping 28nm chip orders at TSMC

More than 10 China-based IC design houses and IC design service companies have placed 28nm chip orders at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), indicating the strengthening competitiveness of China-based IC suppliers, according to industry sources. China-based IC design houses that have tapped TSMC for 28nm foundry capacity include HiSilicon Technologies, Spreadtrum Communications, Rockchip Electronics, Allwinner Technology and RDA Microelectronics and Datang

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140804PD201.html

TSMC to offer more wafer starts to MediaTek in 3Q14

On the request of MediaTek, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will supply MediaTek with wafer starts 10% more than what the chipset maker expected to receive in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources. In view of MediaTek’s growing share in the global entry-level to mid-range smartphone solution market, and the need to maintain a high order visibility at TSMC, the offering of more 28nm production capacity to MediaTek is an important strategy for the Taiwan-based foundry house, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140724PD208.html

Apple to become largest client for TSMC, say sources

Apple is expected to become the largest client for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the Taiwan-based foundry house has begun to ramp up production of A8 processors and is likely to continue to fabricate the vendor’s A9 CPUs in 2015, according to industry sources. Although TSMC appears to have lost Qualcomm’s 14nm chip orders to Samsung Electronics, TSMC will win Apple’s A9 processor orders with its 16nm process, explained the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD214.html