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    TSMC actual 7nm defect rate and therefore yield revealed.

    This is pretty big, because previously all we had were rumors and guesses. TSMC put the value right on a recent slide. https://fuse.wikichip.org/news/2879/tsmc-5-nanometer-update/ 7nm is sitting at ~.09 defect rate. VERY good. That translates into: Navi 10: ~80% Yield of fully working...
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    Anandtech: GlobalFoundries Sues TSMC Over Patent Infringement; Apple, Qualcomm, Others Named Defenda

    Those who can't, Patent Troll: https://www.anandtech.com/show/14795/globalfoundries-sues-tsmc-over-patent-infringement-apple-qualcomm-others-named-defendants
  3. cageymaru

    TSMC Announces 6-nanometer Process

    TSMC has announced its new 6nm process node that delivers 18% higher logic density over the N7 process while maintaining design rules from TSMC's proven N7 technology. This allows customers to fully migrate over to the new node with a fast design cycle time while reusing the N7 design...
  4. AlphaAtlas

    TSMC's Profits are Expected to Decline

    The Taiwanese news outlet Digitimes seems to have many sources in the chipmaking industry, and according to their cited "market observers," Taiwain Semiconductor is expected to post their first annual profit drop in 8 years. For reference, both Nvidia and AMD manufacture their latest GPUs on...
  5. AlphaAtlas

    AMD's Mark Papermaster Discusses 7nm Process Technology

    In case you missed the original presentation, AMD just uploaded the part of their Next Horizon event where they discussed the upcoming use of 7nm process technology. AMD has traditionally stuck with their former internal fab, GlobalFoundries, for most chip designs, and they're reportedly still...
  6. cageymaru

    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...
  7. cageymaru

    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...
  8. AlphaAtlas

    TSMC Puts a Price on Their Production Accident

    Earlier this year, substandard chemicals forced Taiwan Semiconductor's Nanke 14 factory to shut down production after the company reportedly lost "tens of thousands of wafers." The production of cutting edge 16nm/12nm NVIDIA, MediaTek, and Huawei chips were reportedly affected by the incident...
  9. AlphaAtlas

    Asus and Razer Want To Make a "Gaming" Smartphone with Tencent

    A recent report from the Taiwanese news site Digitimes claims that Razer and Asustek are both in talks with the Chinese gaming giant Tencent over the release of a "gaming smartphone that supports Tencent's games." Asus's recently released ZenFone Max Pro is reportedly the last "consumer"...
  10. cageymaru

    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...
  11. AlphaAtlas

    TSMC is Allegedly Apple's Sole A13 Supplier

    A recent Digitimes report claims that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be "the exclusive supplier of Apple's custom-designed chips dubbed the A13 that will power the 2019 series of iPhones." Apple sourced chips from multiple foundries in the past, which led to measurable power...
  12. AlphaAtlas

    TSMC Claims 5nm Production is on Track

    Last year, Taiwan Semiconductor, who is responsible for manufacturing all of AMD's recently announced 7nm products and will presumably make Nvidia's 7nm GPUs, said that they'll start 5nm production with full EUV in April 2019 last year. But making chips at bleeding edge nodes is a hard business...
  13. cageymaru

    AMD Matisse Zen 2 Processors Revealed in AIDA64 Extreme Beta Patch Notes

    The latest beta for AIDA64 Extreme has added support for AMD Matisse Zen 2 processors which are fabricated on a TSMC 7 nm process. Support for the identification of DDR4-5700, DDR4-5800 memory modules has been added according to the release notes. Komachi on Twitter noticed the listing this...
  14. AlphaAtlas

    SemiWiki Compares TSMC's and Samsung's 7nm Processes

    Chip manufacturing processes play a critical role in the performance, and price, of CPUs and GPUs, but the chip making market is different than it was a few years ago. Globalfoundries dropped out of the bleeding edge process race, while rumors suggest that Intel's fabs aren't really a viable...
  15. cageymaru

    The Supply Chain Outlook for Mining ASICs in 2019 Is Conservative

    Cryptocurrency has fallen flat on its face in 2018 and the demand for the machines that drove its rise to power has waned. This has caused foundry partners of the ASIC mining manufacturers to become conservative in their outlook for 2019. TSMC lowered its revenue projections for mining ASICs as...
  16. AlphaAtlas

    Foxconn Is Reportedly Building a $9 Billion Chip Fab

    Anonymous sources told Nikkei Asian Review that Foxconn, the largest manufacturer in the world, is getting into the chip making business. Foxconn, the Chinese city of Zhuhai, and other investors are reportedly dumping about $9 billion USD into a 300mm chip fab, and construction is set to start...
  17. AlphaAtlas

    Huawei to be TSMCs First EUV Customer

    The Taiwanese Commercial Times reports that Huawei will be TSMC's first customer to use their "7+ nanometer" and 5nm EUV processes. Many chip companies, including Huawei, Apple, and AMD, already have publicly announced 7nm chips from TSMC in the pipeline, but those chips reportedly won't be...
  18. AlphaAtlas

    Intel May Leave the Custom Foundry Business

    Following a update to their manufacturing plans earlier this week, rumors are swirling about Intel's future in the custom foundry business. As pointed out by SemiWiki, Intel pitched the idea of opening up their chip manufacturing business to other companies in 2014, but public info about that...
  19. cageymaru

    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...
  20. AlphaAtlas

    TSMC is Working on Quantum Computers

    Digitimes reports that Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology is "aggressively" promoting the development of quantum computers, and claims that Taiwan Semiconductor is the "only industrial player in the projects." IBM's Q cloud quantum computing platform is reportedly involved in the...
  21. cageymaru

    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...
  22. cageymaru

    TSMC Is Building New 8-Inch Fab Capacity and Updates 5nm Node Progress

    TSMC CEO CC Wei has announced plans to begin work on building a new 8-inch wafer fab to satisfy robust customer demand for specialty process technologies. He also announced that the company is still on "schedule to move a newer 5nm node to risk production in the second quarter of 2019, followed...
  23. AlphaAtlas

    Apple, Qualcomm and HiSilicon Drop Some 7nm Orders

    Citing a report from the Chinese-language Commercial Times, Digitimes claims that TSMC's 7nm capacity is "unlikely to be fully utilized in 2019". The report cites recent cutbacks in orders from Apple, HiSilicon and Qualcomm, which means those companies could foresee a slump in the smartphone and...
  24. cageymaru

    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...
  25. AlphaAtlas

    AMD's 7nm Products Provoke Interesting Industry Responses

    In their coverage of AMD's 7nm EPYC and Vega launches, EE Times dug up some interesting responses from the scientific community and other parts of the computing industry. While there was the usual anticipation of performance gains that come with any launch, some scientists replying to the story...
  26. cageymaru

    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...
  27. cageymaru

    AMD Unveils World's First 7nm Datacenter GPUs with PCIe 4.02 Interconnect

    AMD unveiled the world's first lineup of 7nm GPUs for the datacenter that will utilize an all new version of the ROCM open software platform for accelerated computing. "The AMD Radeon Instinct MI60 and MI50 accelerators feature flexible mixed-precision capabilities, powered by high-performance...
  28. cageymaru

    AdoredTV Discusses Leaked AMD 'Rome' Specifications

    AdoredTV says that his sources are signaling to him that AMD has switched to a 9 chiplets design for the "Rome" 7nm server CPU. 64 cores, 128 threads, 256MB of L3 cache, 128 PCIe 4 lanes, 70% - 80% more performance and much more information has surfaced about the upcoming product launch in the...
  29. cageymaru

    Intel to Outsource Entry Level Processor and IoT Device Production

    According to upstream supply chain sources that have confided with Digitimes, Intel is considering outsourcing the production of entry-level Atom processors, chipset, and IoT devices to foundry houses. The sources speculated that only Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is capable...
  30. cageymaru

    Department of Defense Seeks American Foundries for Cutting Edge Process Nodes

    Policy makers at the Department of Defense (DoD) are concerned with the current American landscape of innovative DMEA-accredited Trusted Foundries partners. The US government would prefer that sensitive chips for military applications be created here in America. IBM was entrusted to perform...
  31. AlphaAtlas

    Macs Could Jump to ARM in 2020

    TSMC is already making all of Apple's 7nm iPhone chips, and a new report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that TSMC will remain their sole supplier in 2019 and 2020. That isn't a huge surprise, as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel are the only bleeding edge foundries left. Intel is suffering from...
  32. AlphaAtlas

    TSMC Will Make All of Apple's A13 Chips

    Sources tell Digitimes that TSMC will the the sole supplier of Apple's 7nm A13 chips in 2019. With Globalfoundries out of the leading edge process game, that means AMD, Nvidia, and other chip designers like Mediatek and Huawei will have to share TSMC's 7nm production capacity with the 800 pound...
  33. cageymaru

    TSMC to Start 5nm Production with Full EUV in April 2019

    TSMC has taped out its first chip with limited use of extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) and will start risk production on a 5nm node with full EUV in April 2019. "TSMC said that N5 will deliver 14.7% to 17.7% speed gains and 1.8 to 1.86 area shrinks based on tests with Arm A72 cores. The...
  34. cageymaru

    TSMC to Build New Fab for Advance Packaging

    TSMC is set to construct a new fab for advanced packaging. Huawei subsidiary Hisilicon has already placed orders with the company for use of TSMC's WoW technology. The plant will accelerate the foundry's IC backend business expansion as this will also strengthen its sub-10nm process segment...
  35. cageymaru

    AMD Could Regain 30% of Global Desktop CPU Market Share in 4Q18

    Digitimes is reporting that industry sources are convinced that AMD could rebound to a 30% market share in the 4Q18. This turnaround is based upon help from TSMC and Intel's inability to ship 10nm processors. Speculation is that AMD will switch to TSMC's 7nm process for all GPU's, server and...
  36. AlphaAtlas

    Intel to Outsource Chip Production to TSMC

    Amid reports of Intel having trouble supplying 14nm parts, Digitimes claims Intel is looking to outsource some production to Taiwan Semiconductor. The sources say that "entry-level H310 and several other 300 series desktop processors" will get outsourced to TSMC, and that higher margin products...
  37. cageymaru

    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...
  38. cageymaru

    GLOBALFOUNDRIES Throws in the Towel on 7nm FinFET Process Development

    GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) has placed an indefinite hold on the development of a 7nm FinFET program and is instead focusing on 14/12nm FinFET. GF is also reducing their workforce by 5%. This leaves only Intel, TSMC, and Samsung to develop the most cutting edge processes. "Lifting the burden of...
  39. cageymaru

    TSMC Receives 7nm and 5nm AI Chip Orders for 2019 as Smartphone Sales Decelerate

    According to a Digitimes report, TSMC has received new orders for the production of 7nm and 5nm AI chips in 2019. AI chips are expected to lead the demand for TSMC's sub-10nm chip capabilities over smartphone SoC's as smartphone manufacturers take a wait and see approach to phone sales. As...
  40. cageymaru

    Chipmaker TSMC Affected by Virus Incident Causing Delays in Product Shipments

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, TSMC estimates that the delays caused by having to shutdown the production lines to remove a virus will cost the company 3% of 3Q18 revenue and 1% in gross margins. They expect to recover by Q42018. This virus outbreak occurred due to misoperation...
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