TSMC makes chips more expensive by 5-9%, Samsung by 10-20%

At the beginning of the month, we announced that there was a rumor of further price increases in the corridors of the semiconductor industry. This was eventually confirmed by several sources. Companies like TSMC and Samsung contacted their regular customers and notified them of a price increase plan of 5-9% for TSMC and 10-20% for Samsung in 2022 (which has lower starting prices, so despite higher prices, its processes will not be more expensive than TSMC).

Both companies became more expensive last year and especially at TSMC the process is very well documented. In the first quarter of 2021, it canceled the price advantages of large customers (it was 3-5% lower than the table prices) and subsequently announced a wave of price increases for each subsequent (second to fourth) quarter. Price increases ranged from units to lower tens of percent. As a percentage, older processes were hit hardest, where prices were very low, but in absolute terms, this was probably a very similar increase for most processes – customers paid hundreds of dollars extra for the wafer from the available sketchy data.

source: SemiWiki

After the usual and hitherto intact trend of continuous decline in chip prices over time (increasing yields, depreciation, discounts with the arrival of new production processes, etc.), the development reversed and chips became more and more expensive. Apparently they will still be.

As for TSMC, we expect the release of 5nm and 4nm graphics products from AMD and Nvidia, 5nm AMD processors this year, and next year 3nm tile processors for Intel. Samsung’s processes use Nvidia’s current graphics chips as well as Qualcomm’s mobile SoC.


Source: Diit.cz by diit.cz.

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