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TSMC to invest $1.1B in 90-, 65nm

Posted: 09 Nov 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.  TSMC  65nm  90nm  300mm 

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) approved a plan to spend Rs.5083.10 crore ($1.1 billion) to expand 65nm and 90nm process capacity at its 300mm wafer fabs.

The spending, approved by its board of directors, is part of its overall budget plan for the year. For 2006, the silicon foundry's capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of Rs.12014.16 crore ($2.6 billion) to Rs.12,938.80 crore ($2.8 billion).

The company also said it would spend Rs.42.51 crore ($9.2 million) to expand its 1µ high-voltage process capacity in Fab 2. In addition, it will spend Rs.337.33 crore ($73 million) to increase its stake by 6.8 per cent in Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Company Pte. Ltd (SSMC), a joint venture it runs in Singapore. After the purchase, it will own 38.8 per cent of SSMC.

This is the second time this year TSMC has funneled money into 65nm and 90nm capacity. In May, TSMC approved a plan to spend Rs.4,465.27 crore ($966.3 million) at its 300mm facility (Fab 14) in the Tainan Science Park in southern Taiwan. It also said at the time it would spend Rs.1118.74 crore ($242.1 million) to expand production at the company's 6- and 8-inch wafer fabs.

More recently, during a board meeting in August, TSMC also approved a spending plan of Rs.878.45 crore ($190.1 million) for the expansion of its 8-inch fab capacity and its 0.11µ, 3D one-time program process. The company also planned to expand its 0.18µm and 0.15µm processes, as well as 6- and 8-inch epitaxy process capacity.

- Mike Clendenin
EE Times




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