21 May '15, 4am

Qualcomm to step out of TSMC top-5 client list in 2H15

Qualcomm to step out of TSMC top-5 client list in 2H15 Cage Chao, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 20 May 2015] Qualcomm may not serve as one of the top-five clients for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in the second half of 2015 as the US-based chipmaker has placed more 14nm orders with Samsung Electronics, while giving more 28nm orders to United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), according to industry sources. Qualcomm's decision may aim to reduce its reliance on TSMC and to avoid its previous experience of not being able to gain enough 28nm foundry capacity from TSMC, the sources noted. On the other hand, Qualcomm is giving 14nm process orders to Samsung in order to win back more chipset solution orders from the Korea-based handset vendor which has been ramping up its self-suffici...

Full article: http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150520PD204.html

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