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    Samsung Announces 5nm EUV Development Milestone

    Samsung has announced that its 5nm FinFet process technology is complete in its development and is ready for customer sampling. Compared to 7nm, Samsung’s 5nm FinFET process technology provides up to a 25% increase in logic area efficiency with 20% lower power consumption or 10% higher...
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    TSMC Expected to Lead in Manufacturing AI and 5G Chip Solutions

    Major chipmakers have tapped Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as their foundry partner for advanced AI and 5G solutions. These cutting edge designs will be shown at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade fair. TSMC is "well on track" for its 5nm EUV process to reach volume...
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    Global Foundries May Be Sold

    Digitimes is reporting that Global Foundries may be sold after its downsizing that started last year. On January 31, 2019 the company sold its 200 mm fab located in Singapore to Vanguard International Semiconductor and reduced its workforce by 5% last year to cut costs. The foundry has fallen...
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    TSMC Begins Volume Production of Enhanced 7 nm EUV Process Node in March

    According to a report from DigiTimes, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will begin volume production of its new 7 nm EUV node in March. TSMC has reserved 18 of the 30 extreme ultraviolet (EUV) systems from Dutch lithography equipment manufacturer ASML. TSMC is on track to being...
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    TSMC Receives Permits to Start Construction of Its 3nm Foundry

    TSMC has received a permit to start construction of its 3nm chip factory at the Southern Taiwan Science Park in Tainan. Before the chipmaker could start construction, an environmental study was conducted by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to see if the region could supply the...
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    Intel Begins Multiyear Manufacturing Site Expansion Projects at Its Foundries

    Intel has begun planning manufacturing site expansions and improvements to meet the growing demand for Intel products in the datacenter. Intel has shifted focus from a PC-centric company to a data-centric company to compete for the $300 billion total addressable market for silicon in solutions...
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    Intel Is Feeling the Heat from Amazon's Homegrown Chips

    Intel has dominated the server market with a 96.6% market share even after AMD reentered the competition. Intel seems secure, but the landscape of the server market is different from conventional tech markets as 10 corporations have the purchasing power to command 35% of the total sales in the...
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    TSMC Challenges Intel Dominance in Chipmaking

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is challenging 30 years of Intel dominance in chipmaking. Intel estimates that yields for its 10nm process node will be viable by the end of 2019. Top tech companies such as Apple, AMD, NVIDIA and others are flocking to TSMC for their cutting edge...
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    TSMC Is Close to Securing IBM Contract

    TSMC is close to securing a deal to produce premium server chips for IBM. IBM produces far less servers than Intel, but are considered to be the "Rolls Royce" of servers as they are much more expensive. "IBM mainframes can fetch anywhere from $300,000 to $1 million or $2 million per set, while...
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    Intel Kills off the 10nm Process

    Charlie Demerjian of Semiaccurate has dropped a bombshell article in which he reports that Intel insiders have proclaimed the current 10nm process is dead. He says that this is a good thing for the company as it was the right thing to do. Assuming that there is truth to this rumor, this means...
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    Bob Swan of Intel Pens Open Letter Addressing the Corporation's Supply Issues

    Intel CFO and Interim CEO Bob Swan has penned an open letter addressing supply issues at the corporation. He acknowledges the lack of consumer product availability in the retail pipeline as he explains the incredible growth that Intel is experiencing in the High-performance computing (HPC)...
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    Chipmakers Are Unsure of Ability to Transition to Sub-10nm Technology

    Chipmakers are slowing the transition to sub-10nm process nodes as money woes start to affect the foundries. Companies such as Mediatek and Qualcomm are rolling out new 14 1/2nm products while waiting in the wings for 7nm technology to mature for 5G products. As reported earlier...
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