During today's TSMC's Technology Symposium, TSMC stated that they were confident that the company will beat Samsung Electronics in ramping up production on its 10nm lines.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is scheduled to establish a 10nm pilot line at its 12-inch wafer plant in Hsinchu (Fab 12), northern Taiwan, in June, according to a recent Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
TSMC with its 10nm FinFET node is eyeing orders for Apple's A10 SoC chips, but Samsung Electronics will also be involved in the race for orders, the report said.
According to president and co-CEO CC Wei, TSMC will move the node to commercial production in the second half of 2016. The 10nm FinFET process will be in risk production later in 2015.
In addition, TSMC will roll out a compact, lower-power version of its 16FF+ process dubbed 16FFC with volume production scheduled for the second half of 2016, Wei noted. Compared to the 16FF+ process targeted at high-performance chip solutions, the 16FFC will be particularly for price-sensitive mobile devices, and wearable and IoT applications.