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.