Alan Patterson, EETimes
1/14/2016 10:36 PM EST
TAIPEI—Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it will increase its capital expenditure in 2016 to an amount ranging from $9 billion to $10 billion as it aims for a bigger share of finer geometry chips.
The company is making a big bet after slashing its capex several times last year to a final total of $8.1 billion. TSMC estimates that its 2016 revenue growth rate may double the company’s expected 5 percent gain for the overall foundry segment this year.
TSMC said it foresees “major product advancements” in three areas during the next two years, including high-end smartphones, high-performance computing and emerging applications such as virtual reality, gaming and automotive electronics.
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