At the Japanese edition of NVIDIA GTC (GPU Technology Conference), NVIDIA finally revealed details behind its 2016 graphics architecture, codenamed Pascal. The architecture was launched at the main GTC event, which took place in San Jose on March 17th, 2015 (watch Jen-Hsun Huang’s GTC keynote here). GTC Japan was hosted by Marc Hamilton. As always, the Pascal GPU will be manufactured in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), using the brand new 16nm FinFET process. This process is much more than a simple number, since it marks the shift from planar, 2D transistors to the FinFET i.e. 3D transistors. This shift required that the engineers make lot of changes in the
TSMC is out and Samsung is in for the next chip from Qualcomm.
TSMC saw profits in January despite of a slow season.
The latest research by a U.S.-based brokerage said that Samsung may become the major processor supplier for Apple this year.
TSMC’s net profit for 2014 was up 40% year-over-year due to strong orders.
The Taiwan Stock Exchange ended down due to a concern that TSMC may not be the primary supplier for Apple’s A9 processor
TSMC said it has no intention to establish a 12-inch wafer plant in China for now
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As Samsung seems to complete its move to a 20nm manufacturing process, TSMC is aiming to shift to a 10 nm process node by the end of 2015.
The third quarter of 2014 was a solid one for the world’s largest contract chip manufacturer.
On Thursday (LON: ARM) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TPE: 2330) announced a plan to deliver ARM-based processors on TSMC 10FinFET process node. The two companies said that their roadmap would place the release of the 10nm chips in the fourth quarter of 2015. In the announcing press release, the companies said that the success of the transition from 20nm to 16FinFET influenced their decision to work together again on the deal. As announced at Computex in June, ARM is building a research and innovation center in Hsinchu, Taiwan home to the headquarters of TSMC and MediaTek. “ARM and TSMC are industry leaders in our
The old Federal Reserve Building at 301 Battery Street in San Francisco was the venue selected by Samsung to introduce their R&D foray into Silicon Valley on Wednesday evening. The usual “We are Samsung, we are the world” presentation proved that Samsung has turned into the 800 Pound Gorilla of the semiconductor industry. The company is investing a good deal of money in the San Jose R&D complex on Tasman Drive, San Jose which they’ll be moving into next summer upon its completion. The inclusion of this information in each of the presenters foil set indicates the center looms large in the companies thought processes.
Intel today announced that they would be partnering with Rockchip to launch a series of Android-focused mobile SoCs based on Intel’s SoFIA architecture which combines Intel’s x86 architecture with their own modem technology into a single SoC. This would include Intel providing Rockchip with quadcore SoCs running Intel’s own x86 architecture and modems. The SoFIA is essentially a culmination of all of Intel’s work in the mobile space but lacks Intel’s own GPU IP because it utilizes Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR graphics architecture instead. Intel has traditionally used PowerVR graphics in their mobile chips for many years but as their desktop and laptop GPUs got better
When world recession struck last year, contract foundries were hit really hard, with utilization dropping as low as 30%, sending workers home, introducing single-shift days and 4-day weeks. Largest players in the field, Taiwanese TSMC, UMC were forced to live through all of these measures in order to stay in the black. Courtesy of DigiTimes, we learned that both TSMC and UMC are reporting utilization growing back to 50-60%, thanks to a large number of rushed orders by foreign contracting firms. If we look at a chart above, we see that in December ’08, TSMC dipped as low as negative 31.5% compared to October, while
A while ago, I spoke with my sources at TSMC, who were quite decisive to make it to the front on the field of chip manufacturing. Heads of this Taiwanese giant decided to invest more than 10 billion USD in order to become world’s most advanced manufacturer, and their roadmap is more aggressive than anyone in the industry. The results of that investment are slowly coming to life, and as of today, TSMC has more advanced manufacturing process than any other competitor in the manufacturing business. Intel will argue its (very important, though) Hafnium or High-K material, but ever since I became a journalist, Intel