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Old Apr 6, 2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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nVidia TSMC 28nm Production Capacity delays NVIDIA Kepler rollout

AMD, NVIDIA and Qualcomm are all being affected by TSMC's 28nm production capacity problems, with NVIDIA being hardest hit and now unable to launch the rest of their Kepler line up, according to Digitimes:

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 28nm foundry capacity has been drastically short of demand from Qualcomm, AMD and Nvidia mainly, but the shortage is expected to relax at the end of the third quarter of 2012, according to industry sources.

Qualcomm, in view of the shortage, has shifted some orders to United Microelectronics, but has been unable to meet its clients' demand for processors for smartphones and tablet PCs, the sources indicated.

AMD launched the 28nm-based Radeon HD 7970 in the first quarter of 2012, but has actually shipped a relatively small volume of the GPU due to TSMC's short 28nm capacity, the sources noted.

Nvidia launched only one 28nm-based GPU, GeForce GTX 680, in late March and has had to delay the launch of Kepler series GPU models due to the shortage, the sources said.

While yield rates of its 28nm process are slowly improving, TSMC is conservative about expanding 28nm foundry capacity in order to maintain gross margins, partly accounting for the capacity shortage, the sources said.

In related news, TSMC will start construction of the 5th-phase expansion of Fab 14, its 12-inch fab located at the Southern Taiwan Science Park, on April 9. TSMC's total foundry capacity in 2012 is expected to increase by 10% from 2011.


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Old Apr 6, 2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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Looks like a slow year and a year of high prices. So much for refreshes
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interesting, so my 5870 will have served me for 3 years by the time 28nm GPU prices start to be reasonbale (ie in the fall). Amazing!
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Cool. I'm at TSMC right now, supporting 14nm development.

Well not actually at TSMC, you can't bring in laptops or cell phones to the fab.
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very cool dude, very cool
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"TSMC's...production capacity problems..."

Old news. TSMC has had "production problems" ever
since the company was founded.
Every time AMD and Nvidia get ready to release new chips,
TSMC experiences "production problems".

*YAWN*
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interesting, so my 5870 will have served me for 3 years by the time 28nm GPU prices start to be reasonbale (ie in the fall). Amazing!
That was a great card especially price/performance
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UMC will probably appreciate the work - it's like a ghost town over there.

On a side note, the two receptionists at TSMC's Fab 12 main entrance (Phase 1) are total babes, they look like Singapore Airlines flight attendants.
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http://semimd.com/blog/2012/05/29/th...oundry-crunch/

Mentions NVDA and their 28nm capacity (TSMC).
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