Friday, December 23rd 2011

TSMC 18-inch Wafer Volume Production On Course for 2015

TSMC told industry observers that its plans to test large 18 inch wafers are on schedule for 2012-13, and should reach volume production in 2015. Silicon chips are manufactured on large discs known as wafers, and cut out of them. Like pizza, the sizes of wafers are measured by their diameters. The 18 inch diameter wafer has been something TSMC has been working on. Larger the wafer, the more chips can be cut out of a single wafer. It works to reduce production costs. TSMC expects to have 95% of its 18 inch wafer production equipment installed in 2014, and commence volume production by 2015. Currently, TSMC faces technical hurdles that have to be solved in collaboration with equipment and material suppliers.

Source: DigiTimes
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11 Comments on TSMC 18-inch Wafer Volume Production On Course for 2015

#1
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Sorry, I didn't read the article so maybe it is in there, but how big are the current wafers?
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TheMailMan78
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by: newtekie1
Sorry, I didn't read the article so maybe it is in there, but how big are the current wafers?
6,8 and 12" I belive.
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#3
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Man.... I love wafers.

Especially when you can dip them in melted chocolate or have them with a huge tub of icecream....

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#4
Sasqui
by: FreedomEclipse
Man.... I love wafers.

Especially when you can dip them in melted chocolate or have them with a huge tub of icecream....

http://www.virginmedia.com/images/pink_wafer430x300.jpg
LOL, I was thinking some tomato sauces, spices and mozzarella... extra large.

... I'm also wondering how many chips they can get out of one of those 18" pizza pies?
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#7
LAN_deRf_HA
How much you want to bet they won't pass on the savings to consumers.
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: LAN_deRf_HA
How much you want to bet they won't pass on the savings.
Why should they?
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#9
Aleksander
One thing i don't understand is why they take so long to launch the new tech?
Or is it just economy rule?
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TheMailMan78
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by: Aleksander Dishnica
One thing i don't understand is why they take so long to launch the new tech?
Or is it just economy rule?
Its kinda hard to explain but Ill try......They are putting 1.4 billion transistors into a piece of silicon the size of a fleas rectum. These things take time.
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#11
Yukikaze
by: TheMailMan78
Its kinda hard to explain but Ill try......They are putting 1.4 billion transistors into a piece of silicon the size of a fleas rectum. These things take time.
I LOL'ed. :toast:
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