back to article Chip giant TSMC, flush with record sales, plans $16bn fab build-out

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reported sales for January 2015 that were the highest of any single month in its history, amid rising demand for silicon for graphics and mobile computing. TSMC said [PDF] on Tuesday that its net revenues for January hit $2.76bn in US dollars – a company record and a whopping …

  1. asdf Silver badge

    consolidation

    Sadly the way we are going there will only be a dozen or so high volume fabs in the world by 2025. None will probably be located in the western world either (except maybe for TI lol).

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: consolidation

      Intel just started making the new i5/i7 at its new 14nm fab in Portland

      1. asdf Silver badge

        Re: consolidation

        Give it a decade. It will take the tax breaks until then. As for being a good or bad thing all depends on your point of view. Overall its just an inevitably of a mature industry.

    2. Calleb III

      Re: consolidation

      And this is a bad thing because?

  2. DougS Silver badge

    Assuming it is true Samsung will be fabbing the A9

    This wouldn't affect TSMC's (or Samsung's) revenue now, since they wouldn't go into full production until mid summer at the earliest, assuming the usual late September launch for the next iPhone.

    But even Apple's considerable volumes are a drop in the bucket for TSMC. They dwarf the production capabilities of Samsung or even Intel.

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