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TSMC builds world’s first 32-core networking chip using 16nm FinFET process technology

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. on Thursday said that it has built the world’s first many-core networking processor for next-generation wireless communications and routers using 16nm FinFET fabrication technology. The ultra-thin manufacturing process will allow the many-core chip to deliver high performance and rich feature-set while consuming low amounts of power. …

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AMD: We will ship 20nm products in 2015

Although there are rumours that Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia Corp. are not really happy with 20nm process technology of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., they will inevitably have to use it. A vice president of AMD said last week that the company’s 20nm chips would be out next year. “20nm …

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Fujitsu and UMC to form chip production joint venture

Fujitsu Limited and United Microelectronics Corp. plan to form a joint venture that will operate Fujitsu’s semiconductor manufacturing complex in Mie prefecture in Japan. While initially Fujitsu will hold the control stake of the new company, it is going to gradually reduce it. The Japanese conglomerate has been winding down …

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TSMC to speed up development of 10nm process technology

In a bid to retain its leadership position on the market of contract semiconductor manufacturing, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is reportedly accelerating development of its 10nm FinFET process technology. At present TSMC is the leading contract maker of chips produced using 28nm process technology. It is believed that the company makes considerably …

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Nvidia may skip 20nm process technology, jump straight to 16nm

The exact plans of Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia Corp. concerning the 20nm process technology from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. have never been publicly revealed and are not completely clear at this point. One of the reasons for that are low manufacturing yields, which forces fabless semiconductor designers to reconsider …

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SMIC to produce 28nm chips for Qualcomm in China

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), a China-based contract maker of chips, and Qualcomm on Thursday announced that SMIC will produce Qualcomm’s Snapdragon system-on-chips for mobile devices using 28nm process technology in China. The move will help Qualcomm to boost production of its advanced SoCs and lower their manufacturing costs. As …

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GlobalFoundries and Samsung reportedly land orders from Apple

In a bid to better compete against Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Samsung Semiconductor and GlobalFoundries earlier this year agreed to unify one of their 14nm process technologies and offer their foundry services collaboratively. Apparently, the tactics has worked out and the two companies recently landed orders to make chips using the …

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GlobalFoundries to upgrade one of its Singapore fabs to 300mm

GlobalFoundries, one of the world’s top contract makers of semiconductors, said this week it will upgrade one of its 200mm semiconductor production facilities in Singapore. The move will help the company to expand production capacities and increase output of chips made using advanced fabrication technologies. Although GlobalFoundries is one of …

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The first 20nm processing unit? A Bitcoin miner!

There is a rumour that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. experiences yield issues with its 20nm process technology, which has forced companies like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and others to delay the ramp up of their 20nm designs. It is unknown whether the rumours are true, but KnC Miner, a developer of …

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Apple iPhone 6 and new iPads might be at risk due to low A8 chip yields

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. recently started to produce Apple’s next-generation A8 system-on-chips for upcoming iPhones and iPads, according to media reports. However, according to another report, the Cupertino, California-based consumer electronics giant could face difficulties with the A8 because of relatively low production yields. A number of Taiwan-based media outlets …

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GlobalFoundries appoints new chief executive officer

In an unexpected move, GlobalFoundries, one of the world’s largest contract maker of semiconductors, appointed a new chief executive officer on Monday. Sanjay Jha, a well-respected technology executive who served as CEO of Motorola Mobility and in numerous leadership roles with Qualcomm, will now head GlobalFoundries. Sanjay Jha will lead …

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Samsung says Apple is moving away from using their technology

If you thought the recent and continuing patent struggles between Samsung and Apple were anything to go by, the strained relationship has spread much further than the companies’ mobile divisions. Apple has depended upon Samsung for many components in its various iDevices but it appears that will change with the …

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Samsung gets into ASML bed with Intel and TSMC

Still smarting from having to pay Apple over $1 Billion because it stole design ideas, Samsung has agreed to outlay around half that amount again to pick up 3% of Dutch photolithography firm ASML. It’s nice to get something tangible for your money. KitGuru does a quick check on who …

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Ex-AMD VP questions logic of chasing process shrink

One of the most dedicated chases in the IT industry is the one that Intel, nVidia and AMD engage in when it comes to process shrinkage. Indeed, with its vast array of fabrication plants, Intel’s entire mantra is based on the idea of Tick-Tock: Shrinking a known technology, before inventing …

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28nm TSMC wafers to be in short supply until 2013

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the producer of many chips (the non-potato variety) that we love to enjoy and abuse daily has told media that its 28nm foundry will fail to meet demand until next year. This will effect the supply of newer products from AMD, NVIDIA and Qualcomm. Right …

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Cortex A9 processor passes 3.1GHz at TSMC

There are several things that affect the overall performance of a processor-based device. You can look for bottlenecks in the data transfer and try to improve them or get the internals of the chip itself to do more work per clock cycle. While balance is important, almost nothing can beat …

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AMD unable to confirm timing on first TSMC APUs

While the big blue juggernaut continues to plow forward with yet another full range of high-end processors, AMD is looking to regroup around a different manufacturing model. With rumour set to become reality any time soon, KitGuru dons a bee keeper outfit and skirts around a Taiwanese FAB. Take any …

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TSMC prepares to create 4,500 high tech jobs

We’re not sure why TSMC likes to call its production facilities ‘GigaFabs’, but it does. The ground has now been ceremoniously broken for the expansion of GigaFab 14 and the race to open the new plant begins. KitGuru dons a protective helmet and adjusts its tool. Fresh from the success …

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Can AMD get enough wafer slots at TSMC ?

If you service cars and don’t have enough of the right tyres, then it can affect production. Same for decorators and the right kind of paint brush. Sure, there could be ways around the supply issue, but it’s not ideal. With graphics, it comes down to wafers. KitGuru pulls out …

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