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TSMC to increase chip prices by 10-20% as global chip shortage continues

Many tech products, including smartphones, gaming consoles, video cards, laptops, and more, have become expensive over the last year due to the ongoing global chip shortage. It doesn’t seem like the situation is going to change anytime soon, though. In fact, your favorite tech products may get even more expensive as many chipmakers, including Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. or TSMC, have decided to increase the prices of chips.

TSMC has reportedly notified its customers that it plans to increase prices of advanced chips (7nm and below) by as much as 10%. Meanwhile, chips built on 16nm and above nodes will see a much steeper 20% hike, according to a fresh report from DigiTimes (via Tom’s Hardware). The report notes that the hike will see the price of a single wafer processed on a 28nm node going all the way up to $3,000. Increased prices will apply to orders set to be fulfilled starting December.

Since the start of the global chip shortage, TSMC has already raised chip prices by more than 10%. But as the strong demand continues to outrun supply and concerns over lower probability emerge, the Taiwanese company has decided to increase prices once again.

Fabless semiconductor companies such as Qualcomm, Apple, Nvidia, AMD, and MediaTek all rely on TSMC to produce their chips, and as such, this price hike will most likely have far-reaching effects on everything from smartphones and tablets to video cards and gaming consoles. However, since these increased prices come into effect from Q1 2022, it likely won’t affect products launching in the next few months.

The company previously said it would invest about $100 billion in advanced semiconductor technologies, which will include building greenfield chip manufacturing plants and expanding the capacity of existing foundries.

Besides TSMC, other chip foundries that have hiked prices of chips include GlobalFoundries, Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing (PSMC), Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), and United Microelectronics (UMC).



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