According to the Taiwan market research firm Digitimes Research said the global IC manufacturing output in 2015 will reach $ 54.8 billion, compared with $ 49 billion in 2014, output increased 12%. Digitimes Research said that despite the existence of many unfavorable factors such as the Tablet PC sales growth is slowing, PC shipments growth remains slow and smart phone shipments showed overall growth slowdown, 4G smartphone IC demand will continue to promote the 2015 IC The main driving force growth in manufacturing output.
TSMC capital expenditure has been set a record $ 12 billion for 2015. This year, TSMC intends to raise its 16-nanometer production FinFET technology, as well as more advanced 10-nanometer technology to build production lines.
In addition, TSMC expects 2015 revenue from the 20-nanometer process technology will increase from 2014's $ 2.15 billion $ 6.34 billion. Digitimes Research said that TSMC in the third quarter of 2014 to 20 nm node technology transfer to commercial production.
Meanwhile, Digitimes Research found IDM maker Samsung Electronics since 2014 has been focused on the development of 14 nm FinFET. By partnering with Globalfoundries, Samsung will make a product than competitors' products more price competitive, while in 2015 the market advanced 1x nanometer process to achieve higher yields.
Digitimes Research expects Samsung's share of the global IC manufacturing market will rise 1.5 percent in 2015, reaching 10%.