Buoyed by record revenue and profitability while production capacity was fully utilized throughout the year, TSMC has set its capital expenditure at a massive US$7.8 billion for 2011. However, spending in 2010 reached US$5.94 billion and US$1.52 billion was spent in the fourth quarter alone.
Despite the significant capital spent last year, total managed capacity increased by 14% sequentially to 11,329K 8-inch equivalent wafers. The majority of the capacity increase came from 300mm fab expansions with growth of 37%.
TSMC noted that demand remained strong in the fourth quarter with increases in wafer shipments in its communication segment offsetting decreases in computer and consumer segments.
For the first time advanced technology nodes accounted for over 50% of wafer revenue in the quarter. Revenue from 40nm reached 21%, while 65nm equated to 31% of revenue.
“For the first quarter of 2011, we expect the demand to be stronger than seasonal,” said Lora Ho, SVP and Chief Financial Officer of TSMC.