Date: 11/07/2017

TSMC Jun 2017 revenues grew by 15.6% compared to May 2017 with its 10 nm and 7 nm push

The world's number one semiconductor fab foundry service provider TSMC reported a monthly revenues of NT$84.19 billion (approx. $2.76 billion) for the June 2017, a growth of 15.6% compared to the previous May 2017 month revenues of NT$72.80 billion. Compare it to the June month revenue a year ago (2016), the revenue has increased by NT$2.796 billion, a growth of 3.44%.

To give you some more news update on TSMC, it is reported TSMC generated revenue of NT$213.86 billion for the quarter of April-June 2017, down by 8.57% compared to previous quarter.

TSMC is reported to have started 10 nm production in the first quarter of 2017. The risk production of 7 nm is also scheduled in the first quarter of 2017, as per various news sources. Some of the TSMC customers such as FPGA Vendor Xilinx is said to be opting for 7 nm TSMC process instead of 10 nm. TSMC's 10nm is around 50% smaller than its 16nm processes, But Intel's 10 nm is claimed to be denser than TSMC' 10nm process. In that sense, Intel/Altera's 7 nm FPGAs will be superior in density compared to Xilinx's 7 nm FPGAs.

TSMC may have to speed up to 5nm to beat Intel 7nm otherwise match Intel's density to help its demanding customers. Globalfoundries's partner IBM has reported a nanosheet/nanowire based 5nm chip success, which will help gobalfoundries to be ahead of Intel and TSMC in node race.