TSMC Repudiates Reports Of 10nm Yield Problems; Claims Revenue Projections For Q1 2017

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Dec 28, 2016
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Just a couple of days back we saw some disappointing news surface straight from Taiwan. Sources reported that both TSMC and Samsung were facing yield problems for 10nm. As we’ve been telling you time and time again, it’s 10nm that will make 2017 a big year in terms of mobile upgrades. We haven’t seen many changes for devices in performance terms this year, so a lot of eyes are on Samsung and Qualcomm as they launch the Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 in Q1 2017. Today, TSMC’s made some more statements about its 10nm process, so let’s head over below to take a look.

TSMC Denies Reports That It’s Facing Yield Problems With 10nm

A few days back, publication DigiTimes claimed that in addition to Samsung, TSMC was facing yield problems with 10nm as well. Earlier, we had seen reports surface that Qualcomm had been looking at alternate options for the Snapdragon 835. This had been due to the fact that production capacity had been dedicated mostly to the Exynos 8895.

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Out of the two, it had been TSMC who had made announcements with respect to 10nm first. The Taiwanese fab first detailed its plans in August, soon after which Samsung officially launched its plans for 10nm and 7nm as well. Now, it looks like TSMC’s got some more details for 10nm. The company reported tape-outs for five different products in the second half of this year as well.

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TSMC’s 10nm will contribute to revenues in Q1 2017 and is ”totally on track”, claims Elizabeth Sun, senior director corporate communication at the fab. Furthermore, 10nm revenues will only consist of 1% of overall sales for the company in Q1, she elaborated. Both Samsung and TSMC have made impressive claims for hardware processors earlier this year. Not only have the pair promised that 10nm will deliver next year, they also claim 7nm to be available by 2019.

Mobile chips are finally heading in an appropriate direction. It’s time that we saw some big upgrades, especially as 2016 didn’t see any major changes from Android or iOS. The Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 have seen some rather huge leaks today as well. Things will become clearer as manufacturers launch their smartphones next year. Till then, we’ll be on the lookout for more. Stay tuned and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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