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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company recently reaffirmed its plans to start commercial production of chips using 28nm high-K metal gate process technology this calendar year. Apparently, the company expects revenue for 28nm wafers to account for up to 3% of its revenue in Q4 2011.

"We plan to have around 2% or 3% of our total revenue in the fourth quarter [to] be 28nm. The tape-outs of the 28-nanaometer will start to ramp in the second half, starting in the third quarter and then more in the fourth quarter. But the real momentum [for 28nm], we believe, will be next year," said Morris Chang, chairman and chief executive officer of TSMC, during a conference with financial analysts.

In case TSMC initiates production using 28nm process technology in Q4, then the ramp from 0% to 3% of revenue in the first quarter will be pretty fast. Still, it may not be fast enough to fulfill the demand towards the chips made using leading-edge process technology since there are a number of designs which volume ramp is crucial for companies like Advanced Micro Devices or Nvidia Corp., the largest customers of TSMC.

The global leader in contract semiconductor manufacturing is pretty confident of its 28nm process technologies and claims that its customers are prototyping their products. Among the high-end chips to be made at 28nm node the head of TSMC mentions a multi-core ARM-based chip clocked at 3GHz.

"TCMC's 28nm is industry-first and ready for primetime. Customer products are already taped-out and are in prototyping. We have superior performance, superior reliability and density, the density being two times over 40nm with our gate-last high-k metal gate process," added Mr. Chang.

Tags: TSMC, 28nm, Semiconductor, Business

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"TSMC mentions a multi-core ARM-based chip clocked at 3GHz." It's obvious which company is the behind that chip I'll give you a hint it's a company worth more than AMD, but less than Intel and just won a lawsuit against Intel.
0 0 [Posted by: knowom  | Date: 02/02/11 11:11:21 AM]
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More importantly 3GHz dual core ARM chip by Q4 2011 is great news.
0 0 [Posted by: knowom  | Date: 02/02/11 11:12:06 AM]
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3ghz wow! cause we all know how Intel Pentium 4's destroyed AMD K8's with their high clocks (sarcasm). A high clock ARM processor has always been possible, just defeats the purpose of a low power chip.

Late 2011 Intel will be shipping 22nm, So looks like TSMC is a whole tick behind at this point, not to mention that AMD is probably a tick and half a tock.
0 0 [Posted by: cashkennedy  | Date: 02/02/11 12:10:26 PM]
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3GHz multi-core and judging from the Nvidia Tegra 3 info that's all ready been leaked it will be quad-core not too shabby.
0 0 [Posted by: knowom  | Date: 02/02/11 08:12:33 PM]
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Mr. Chang's prognostication reminds me of someone else during the wood screw debacle
0 0 [Posted by: bbo320  | Date: 02/03/11 05:27:30 PM]
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Woow wholly 3% in Q4 2011 for TSMC 28nm HKMG node, in same timeframe when intel starting their transition to 22nm and almost two years behind intels 32nm market penetration.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 02/11/11 09:38:19 PM]
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