Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) may have underestimated the challenges involved with churning out 28nm parts, or perhaps the company is simply inundated with orders. In the end, it doesn't really matter what the problem is, as far as clients go, and when Nvidia reportedly threatened to place orders with TSMC's competitors, suddenly the GPU maker was bumped to the front of the line.
Starting in 2011, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will begin volume production of its 28nm manufacturing process, Digitimes reports.
TSMC has been working hard to get its 28nm equipment up to snuff at its Fab 12 in the Hsinchu Science Park. By the end of 2009, TSMC rated its 28nm equipment at less than a 50 percent maturity level. That number now stands at over 90 percent, which basically means that all the proper adjustments have been made. Typically the smaller the manufacturing process, the lower the maturity level, and then it becomes a series of tweaks and alterations to get everything in order.
There are already numerous clients lined up for TSMC's 28nm manufacturing process, including Altera, which plans to tap into 28nm for its low-cost and mid-range product lines. Other clients include AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Xilinx.