back to article TSMC to hike some chip prices 'by as much as 20%'

TSMC is reportedly increasing some of its chip manufacturing prices by as much as 20 per cent in the near future. For things like microcontrollers and other components on larger process nodes – think 120nm down to about, we guess, 16nm – TSMC may raise its prices by up to 20 per cent, and for higher-end processors and system- …

  1. NetBlackOps


    See title.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bah, I can make 1NM chips...

    I mean, how difficult is it to make something as "small" as a Nautical Mile? Piffle! *Cough* /Sarcasm...

    1. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: Bah, I can make 1NM chips...

      When you have your first wire one nautical mile long laid out for me to see, I'll consider engaging your fab instead of TSMC's.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Bah, I can make 1NM chips...

        First we rebuild the Great Eastern, then we hire the stokers, then we wait for the weather...

        Still a better schedule than Intel's 7nm

  3. David Halko

    When no one else can build it…

    … prices go up

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Because they can

    So they will.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    After reading about the water issues Colorado river states (and Mexico) are going to be facing in the next few years, is Arizona really the smartest place to be building new fabs?

    1. EricB123 Bronze badge

      Re: Arizona?


      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Arizona?

        Where to put a semiconductor fab.

        You need somewhere with cheap land and an accommodating planning office - that's the West coast and the North East out of the question.

        You need somewhere where the locals and politicians aren't too insane - that's Texas and Florida out.

        You need a small number of very scarce and expensive staff, who need to live somewhere habitable - so that's the frozen north out.

        Ideally somewhere that doesn't get; hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires, ice storms or 6 months of -40C weather.

        1. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge

          Re: Arizona?

          And above all, somewhere that's willing to give you a hefty subsidy advanced rebate on the taxes you will generate by building job-creating fabs in their state.

          1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

            Re: Arizona?

            That goes without saying - but fortunately applies to all states

  6. Draco
    Paris Hilton

    Is El Reg banned (or soo to be banned) in China?

    >> ... water ... was in short supply as its home nation was hit by drought.

    I'm pretty sure this is a clear example of "historical nihilism" - which, at its essence, is political thoughts with strong political tendencies and intentions that seek to distort the history of modern China's revolution, the CPC and the armed forces under the guise of "reevaluation,"

  7. EnviableOne

    The Wealth of Nations

    TSMC are a textbook case of absolute advantage

    they make the best chips, so everyone buys from them

    they can then afford to spend more on R&D

    they continue to make the best chips

    Also, this is a case of supply and demand.

    Supply is low, demand is high, prices go up

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: The Wealth of Nations

      But they cheated by hiring more semiconductor engineers than MBAs, accountants and marketing executives - how are Intel supposed to compete with that ?

      1. Snapper

        Re: The Wealth of Nations

        Best laugh all day!

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