In the coming new year of 2017, many tech companies are expected to transfer to their 10nm manufacturing processes. Earlier rumors indicated that Samsung and TSMC were suffering from low yield problem with it, which could delay the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Apple A10X/A11 processors. TSMC has responded on Monday by promising revenues from 10nm chips as early as the first quarter of next year.
GlobalFoundries skipped the 10nm and Intel is being cautious enough to mass produce 10nm chips in the second half of next year, while TSMC and Samsung are apparently more aggressive.
TSMC didn’t mention the yield issue, but claimed that its 10nm technology will produce revenues for itself early next year, which means mass production could happen between January and March.
The Taiwan foundry hasn’t admitted the fact that its first 10nm clients are Apple, MediaTek and HiSilicon. MTK’s Helio X30 was cancelled due to poor demand, and the launch date of HiSilicon’s Kirin 970 is still unknown. It seems like TSMC has to mainly rely on Apple for the A10X and A11 chips which will be used for its new-generation iPad and iPhone respectively.
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