Asian reports indicate TSMC will build a 10nm pilot line at its 300mm Fab 12 wafer plant in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan, next month. The report notes TSMC is in a race with Samsung to score orders for the Apple A10 SoC.
TSMC with its 10nm FinFET node is eyeing orders for Apple's A10 SoC chips, but Samsung Electronics will also be involved in the race for orders, the report said.
Samsung recently announced that the company will enter mass production of chips using its 10nm FinFET process by the end of 2016, about the same time as TSMC.
TSMC chairman Morris Chang was quoted in previous reports that TSMC will break ground for a new fab at its 12-inch wafer plant in central Taiwan (Fab 15) in June 2015. The fab is designed to manufacture chips using 10nm process technology, with volume production scheduled for mid-2016.