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TSMC announces profit despite weak last quarter

TAIWAN Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced a net profit of over a billion US dollars, though it suffered from a weaker result in the last quarter of 2011.

TSMC noted that year-over-year, its fourth quarter revenue for 2011 decreased 4.9 percent, while both net income and diluted earnings per share decreased 22.5 percent.

In US dollars, fourth quarter revenue decreased 5.4% from the previous quarter and decreased 4.5% year-over-year.

28-nanometer process technology accounted for 2% of total wafer revenues, 40-nanometer was 27%, and 65-nanometer accounted for 30%. These advanced technologies accounted for 59% of total wafer revenues.

TSMC makes GPUs for Nvidia and AMD, and is also fabricating the A6 chip for Apple.

One of TSMC’s 20nm fab will start production during the latter part of 2012. A 14nm block is expected to commence by 2014.

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