Taiwan’s TSMC reaps benefits from 5 nm, 7 nm demand surge

06-Mar-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:49 AM Print This Post

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) saw its overall revenue per wafer increase by a significant margin in 2020 due to soaring demand for its 5 nm and 7 nm processes.

TSMC saw its revenue per wafer increase to $1,634 (NT$45,588) last year, up from $1,530 in 2019, according to a report by IC Insights. The report found that three of the four pure-play foundries TSMC, Taiwan’s United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), and China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (SMIC) saw their revenue per wafer bumped up last year, while the US’ GlobalFoundries experienced a 1-percent drop.

UMC’s revenue per wafer rose to $675 from $668 in 2020, while SMIC’s went from $620 to $684. During that same period, GlobalFoundries saw its revenue per wafer fall from $993 to $984, according to the report.

In 2020, TSMC was the only pure-play foundry making both 7 and 5 nm chips, leading many of the world’s leading fabless chipmakers to turn to the Taiwanese company for advanced processes, pushing up TSMC’s revenue per wafer, according to IC Insights.

TSMC announced in January that it is budgeting $25-28 billion for capital expenditures (capex) this year, up from $17.2 billion in 2020. Around 80 percent of that will be used to increase its 5 nm and 7 nm capacity in addition to developing the company’s 3 nm process, which is slated to start risk production this year and volume production in 2022.



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