DigiTimes delivers news that TSMC has stepped up its purchases of 20nm production equipment. Volume production on this new process is anticipated to start in Q1 2014, while volume production of 16nm FinFET is expected in early 2015.
TSMC's investment in 20nm manufacturing equipment for the fourth quarter of 2013 is expected to outpace that allocated for the third quarter, said the sources. In addition, shipments of equipment for TSMC's 16nm HKMG process have kicked off, the sources noted.
TSMC at its most-recent investors meeting revealed that the company had raised its capex target for 2013 to a record US$9.5-10 billion. While tripling production and revenues from 28nm wafers in 2013 compared with 2012, the foundry will also step up efforts to bring newer-process capacity online.