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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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nVidia looks to launch EyeFinity in 600 series

It’s been a slow time for graphics recently. Both AMD and nVidia have good products in the market. And that market, overall, has not been strong. Against that backdrop, the pace of innovation has slowed right down. But the next 6 months looks like it will be busier. KitGuru loads …

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TSMC sales not to be affected by earthquake

TMSC chairman Morris Chang said that TSMC sales will not be affected by the recent Japan disaster, saying that the company is expecting 20% sales growth in 2011. Chang’s company is currently the worlds No.1 pure silicon foundry and said that the implications of the earthquake are ‘under control’ and …

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