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TSMC 18-inch Wafer Volume Production On Course for 2015

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  1. btarunr

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    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.

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    Sorry, I didn't read the article so maybe it is in there, but how big are the current wafers?
     
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    6,8 and 12" I belive.
     
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    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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    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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    This is what I always think of when I read news about wafers and TSMC :)
     
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    That entire post make you seem totally like your avatar. Man up!! :p
     
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    How much you want to bet they won't pass on the savings to consumers.
     
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    Why should they?
     
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    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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    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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    I LOL'ed. :toast:
     

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