[TechWeb] on Feb. 11, Taiwan media reported that SMIC (SMIC), China's largest chipmaker, would begin mass production in the first half of this year using its own 14 nanometer-sized FinFET manufacturing technology. Notably, this was at least a few quarters ahead of initial expectations, suggesting SMIC production was clearly ahead of schedule.
According to various reports from Chinese and Taiwanese technology media, SMIC's yield on 14nm chips has reached 95%, enough to start mass production. As a result, chip foundries are stepping up their efforts to mass produce 14nm smartphone SoCs in the first half of 2019. Although SMIC will not disclose the names of the first 14nm process customers, the company's main customers are HiSilicon, Qualcomm and so on.
SMIC will receive $10 billion in funding for 14 nm 10 nm and 7nm process construction. SMIC's monthly production capacity is expected to reach 70,000 wafers by the fourth quarter of 2021.