TSMC lands chip orders for 12nm process
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Nvidia, MediaTek, Silicon Motion and HiSilicon for now

TSMC has just landed several chip orders for its 12-nanometer half-node process, a smaller version of its existing 16nm FinFET technology that will allow it to compete against Samsung and GlobalFoundries at a lower cost than its existing lineup.

TSMC's lower Q2 outlook will not impede new nodes
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10nm, 12nm ULP account for 10 percent of all revenues this year


Over the weekend, TSMC reduced its forecast for global foundry growth in 2017 by roughly two percentage points as a result of elevated inventory in the supply chain, according to company officials.

Foxconn and TSMC attack Toshiba's memory shares
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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.

TSMC considers building plant in US
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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.

Apple's A11 SoC goes into production in late April
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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.

TSMC preparing 12nm process technology
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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.

TSMC CEO signals sharp rebuke of Chinese-appointed directors
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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.

TSMC to outgrow market in 2016 despite unfavorable market climate
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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.

TSMC will launch 7nm production trial in 1H 2017
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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.

TSMC's Q1 2016 revenues decline 18 percent
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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.