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TSMC speeds up FinFET production

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Morris Chang, founder and director of TSMC published some of the company's plans for the near and distant future. The company has moved the start of production of 16 nanometer chips in SONFET technology to the end of this year, which is slightly earlier than planned.

At the same time, Chang says that technology used in the existing manufacturing processes still has room for development in the next 7 or 8 years, until the 10 or 7 nanometer solutions appear. Start of production of 10 nanometer chips in the extreme ultraviolet lithography is planned for 2015, and as an alternative to ultraviolet TSMC investigates e-beam lithography.
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Changes in the roadmap and earlier production of SONFET chips is a response to the plans of competitors, especially GlobalFoundries, which starts with a 14 XM nanometerthis year and a modular architecture that combines 14 nanometer SONFET and 20 nanometer LPM process for interconnects.

Morris Chang points out that chip-on-demand manufacturers can still count on at least a 9 percent business growth this year, while TSMC specifically predicts growth of between 10 and 20 percent.

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