Manufacturing chips for smartphones and tablet computers will buoy the financial results of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing in the second quarter as the foundry increases its production capacity. TSMC now expects to spend $9.5 billion to $10 billion on capital expenditures this year, compared with an earlier estimate of $9 billion. Currently making the transition from 28-nanometer chips to ones with 20nm features, TSMC expects that it will make 16nm ICs with FinFETs in 2014.

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