Digitimes says "the market" thinks TSM's 28 nm capacity will be essentially sold out in 2Q12. That is a good problem to have, but as the article below says, TSM is ordering plenty more equipment to build up the capacity.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) chairman and CEO Morris Chang has commented that development of 20nm and 28nm processes is progressing well. The market believes TSMC's capacity utilization rate in second-quarter 2012 should be close to 95%.
Chang indicated that 28nm processes will likely contribute 10% of 2012 revenues.
Industry sources pointed out that TSMC's capacity utilization of its 28nm and 45nm processes at its 12-inch wafer plant has not decreased and delivery usually takes 8-10 weeks.
Equipment makers also indicated that TSMC has been ordering equipment and installations will be completed in first-half 2012.
Industry sources added that other Taiwan-based IC design houses have been experiencing increasing orders. The market was pessimistic before the Lunar New Year holidays causing inventory levels to be low. This has induced the recent wave of increased orders.