TSMC spoke about its future process nodes during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call. Lora Ho, SVP and CFO, mentioned that in addition to the investment for 16nm capacity, the foundry is also spending for 10nm tools and facilities to be ready for customer product tape out by the end of this year.
C. C. Wei, one of the Co-CEOs, said they expect to have more than 50 product tape outs on 16nm this year. High volume production was started in the third quarter, with meaningful revenue contribution expected in the first quarter this year. He also mentioned that 10nm will start in late 2015 or 2016 with volume production in 2017.
Co-CEO Mark Liu added during the Q&A session that TSMC started 16nm a little late and that the company's 2015 marketshare will be smaller than their major competitors.
Mark Liu - Co-CEO
Are we still answering the second question or are we -- I want to answer the first question. Donald’s question was that I said -- actually I looked up my statement at that time, July 16 of last year. I said on the subject of 16 and 20, 16 nanometer and 20 nanometer project, I said that I actually made three statements. The first statement was that because we started 16 a little late, our market share in 2015, our 16 nanometer market share in 2015 will be smaller than our major largest competitors.
The second statement I made was that we started 16 late because we wanted to do 20, and so if you combine 20 and 16, our major competitor who will be slightly ahead of us this year on the 16, he has very little 20, almost no 20 at all. And if we combine 20 and 16, our combined share in this year will be much higher than that competitors’.
The third statement I made is that in 2016 we will have much larger share in just 16 nanometer than our competitor. First, I want to say that I at this time stand on those statements. In fact I now will add a couple of statements. The statements I will add -- that's four statements now, okay. When we have a larger share on just 16 alone in 2016, the 16 market will also be much larger than this year, 2015. So, yes we are slightly behind. We have a smaller market share in 2015.