TSMC, the world's largest chip foundry, has added its voice to the chorus of claims that the short-term prognosis for the world semiconductor business is positive.
The foundry's vote of confidence was signalled by the announcement of a plan to raise capital spending next year.
TSMC spent around $2.32bn in 2004 on new plant, and has said it will spend $2.5-2.7bn this year. Speaking to reporters yesterday, TSMC CIO Stephen T Tso said the company would lift capex still further during 2006, according to a DigiTimes report.
Last week, market watcher Semico echoed a bullish forecast from Advanced Forecasting and said it believes 2006 will deliver strong revenue growth to the chip industry. ®