Top contract chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) said on Tuesday it may increase its prices as rising costs
threaten to squeeze profits.
Semiconductor makers face higher costs to build
new chip plants for most cutting-edge
chips, and are also feeling the pain of high oil prices
and rising inflation.
"Average selling prices have been falling and profits
have been under pressure, and we have to work together
to create value," Jason Chen, a company vice president
in charge of global sales and marketing, told a TSMC
He said price changes would be mostly for higher-end
chips, but would not say how big they would be or when
they would occur.
TSMC, Samsung Electronics and Intel have said they would
jointly develop next-generation bigger silicon wafers to
boost efficiency in chip manufacturing.
Analysts say a factory designed to make chips on 18-inch
wafers could cost $10 billion or more to build, nearly
triple the price of a current 12-inch wafer factory.