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TSMC ready for 90 nanometers

Demand still slack
Wed Aug 21 2002, 11:03
A REPORT IN English-language newspaper the Taipei Times, said that while major chip foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) will be ready to produce 90 nanometer technology in the fourth quarter of this year, demand for such products is well nigh non-existent.

The report quoted a TSMC representative as saying it hasn't seen any real products designed for the 90 nanometer process.

More significantly, one five per cent of TSMC customers are interested in using its 130 nanometer technology, with the bulk of demand still firmly in the 180 and 150 nanometer sectors.

TSMC reckons that sluggish demand for semiconductors could last as long as six months.

Next year, both Intel and AMD are expected to start making microprocessors using 90 nanometer technology. The first processor from Intel to use this technology is codenamed "Prescott", and is a successor to the 130 nanometer "Northwood" fabrication process.

You can find the Taipei Times story here.

 

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