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.

Recent Taiwan earthquake impact larger than expected
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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.

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20nm volume production begins Q1 2014