TSMC readies 28nm production

TSMC will begin using its 28nm process in 2011.

According to Digitimes, it has been adjusting its 28nm equipment to a manufacturing readiness maturity level of over 90 percent and is keen to begin using the technology “as soon as possible”.

It has made significant progress in upward adjusting the manufacturing readiness of 28nm equipment at its Fab 12 in the Hsinchu Science Park HSP, with the maturity level hiked from less than 50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 to over 90 percent now.

It said the more advanced the manufacturing processes, the lower the initial manufacturing readiness of equipment and more efforts are needed for adjustments.

It’s added 90nm equipment, which it claims already has an initial maturity level of nearly 100 percent and does not need any adjustment.

TSMC has quite a few clients queueing up for its 28nm process with Xilinx, Altera, Nvidia, AMD and Qualcomm all taking an interest. AMD and Nvidia will base upcoming lines of GPUs on the 28nm process.

But TSMC’s 28nm production capacity will be fully utilised by the end of 2011, it said.

In addition to 28nm, TSMC has urged suppliers of equipment and materials to speed up R&D for 20nm process.