TSMC reaffirmed plans to ship 28nm ships in the final quarter of this year. The foundry expects 28nm shipments will account for around 2 to 3 percent of total 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.