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April 27, 2017

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TSMC set to benefit from new PS4: Morgan Stanley

TAIPEI--Japan-based Sony Corp.'s next generation PlayStation game console will most likely use chips made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), according to an analysis by Morgan Stanley.

The U.S. brokerage said it believes the PlayStation 4 (PS4), which was unveiled Feb. 21 in New York, and Microsoft Corp.'s next-generation Xbox, are both likely to use processors from PC chipmaker Advanced Micro Device (AMD).

The chips would most likely be made by TSMC, the world's largest contract chip maker, using the 28-nanometer process technology, the brokerage said in a research note dated Feb. 21.

"The opportunity for dedicated gaming consoles may be shrinking, but as TSMC did not make the previous generation chips, it represents a new opportunity," Bill Lu, a Morgan Stanley analyst in Hong Kong, wrote in the note.

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