Wednesday, May 28th 2008

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) May Hike High-End Chip Prices

Top contract chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) said on Tuesday it may start charging more for its higher-end chips as a result of the higher production costs, inflation and oil prices. "Average selling prices have been falling and profits have been under pressure, and we have to work together to create value," Jason Chen, a company vice president in charge of global sales and marketing, told a TSMC technology symposium. He specified that price changes would be mostly for chips made by advanced process technology, but did not say how big they would be or when they would occur. It's also unclear whether this will reflect on prices of the next generation NVIDIA video cards. As you may know, TSMC currently produces most of the GeForce graphics processors. "We face some structural profit pressure. In the short term, we also face pressure from inflation and oil prices," Chen said. Continue reading the full story here.Source: eWeek
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14 Comments on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) May Hike High-End Chip Prices

#1
jocksteeluk
Get your new boards fast because i expect retailers to raise their prices also regardless of them purchasing their inventory before any subsequent manufacturer charges have been applied.
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#2
a111087
I kinda saw that coming, when you rely on someone too much, you get into a trouble...
same with gas prices...
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#3
pentastar111
Can't make 'em too high...it'll kill the business.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Exactly like gas prices. Of course, Nvidia already outrageously prices their cards, so this will be a picnic for them.
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EastCoasthandle
by: WarEagleAU
Exactly like gas prices. Of course, Nvidia already outrageously prices their cards, so this will be a picnic for them.
That shouldn't stop them from increasing their prices :p
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pentastar111
by: WarEagleAU
Exactly like gas prices. Of course, Nvidia already outrageously prices their cards, so this will be a picnic for them.
Shall we say "business as usuall?"
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#7
magibeg
Nothing like some good price increases. Just looks like we may have to save a little longer before buying those high end parts.
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#8
Gam'ster
The way its going we'll all end up with semprons and Onboards GFX, com'on AMD save the day :laugh:

Gam
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#9
Megasty
by: EastCoasthandle
That shouldn't stop them from increasing their prices :p
Likewise, all the more reason to raise them more :p
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#10
Haytch
Is this an excuse or a reason. Things were meant to stay affordable and cheap this time round for Nvidia's release vs ATi's. I hope this wont make things more expensive for Nvidia customers.
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#11
=MetalFox=
Oh yeah! maybe this will slow down the new stuff coming up all the time and devs will have to make use of older stuff longer.

Viva la revolution, I'm okay with that.
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#12
candle_86
ATI graphics cores are also made at TSMC so when this happens both become expensive
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#14
garrykzb
hi
i think by hiking the prices of high end - chip they will going to loose some of their customers as it will effect the pocket of the consumer but the main problem behind this is due to the hike in the prices of oil and the high inflation rate all around the world. And companys have to hike the prices of their goods to meet their needs.
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