Foxconn and TSMC attack Toshiba's memory shares
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Recovering from a list of multi-billion dollar writedowns


According to a recent Chinese-language report, TSMC and Foxconn Electronics are partnering up to place bids for shares of Toshiba’s memory business after the company dealt with a major loss in its devices and components business last year amid a drop in global memory prices. And problems with nuclear matters.

TSMC 5nm risk production ready for 2019
Published in Processors
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:26

TSMC 5nm risk production ready for 2019


On track for the first half of the year

Although it is still a long way off into the future, TSMC said that it is on track to start risk production of 5nm chips in the first half of 2019.

MediaTek’s Helio X30 10nm suffers lower demand
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Key customers were not interested

MediaTek is planning a Helio X30 in 10nm later this year but news from Taiwan indicates that some key customers didn’t order the new flagship 10 core chip. 

TSMC confirms the existence of 12nm
Published in Processors
Thursday, 19 January 2017 11:51

TSMC confirms the existence of 12nm


It is between 13 and 11nm dummies

A while ago the dark satanic rumour mill suggested that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company was planning to release a sexed-up version of its 16nm manufacturing technology dubbed "12nm".

TSMC considers building plant in US
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Saturday, 14 January 2017 23:40

TSMC considers building plant in US


60 percent of revenues to come from US this year


Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company held its most recent investors conference on January 12th, during which company officials said that it has not ruled out the possibility of building a facility in the US as a response to recent nationalistic pleas to restore American manufacturing jobs.

Apple's A11 SoC goes into production in late April
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TSMC needs to improve yield rates on 10nm first

The folks at Boston-based BlueFin Research Partners have recently given some much-needed commentary on the state of 10nm chip production at TSMC for Apple’s next-generation iPhone units.

Wafer prices to soar next year
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Friday, 09 December 2016 10:22

Wafer prices to soar next year

It’s the thin edge of the wedge

Prices of 12-inch silicon wafers may rise by as much as 20 percent in 2017.

Kirin 970 SoC is 10nm
Published in Mobiles
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 19:09

Kirin 970 SoC is 10nm


From the house of TSMC in 2017

The Kirin 960 is a 16nm SoC, that powered the Huawei Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro, and is quite powerful, but it seems that Huawei plans a Kirin 970 SoC made using the 10nm FinFET manufacturing process and with obviously faster performance at lower energy consumption. 

TSMC preparing 12nm process technology
Published in Processors
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 09:21

TSMC preparing 12nm process technology


A smaller version of existing 16nm technology

According to industry sources, TSMC is planning to introduce a 12 nanometer half-node process to enhance competition with 28nm and lower process nodes that have been adopted over the past few years.

TSMC plunges billions into fab upgrades
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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:42

TSMC plunges billions into fab upgrades


And poaches Intel man

Taiwanese fab company TSMC has approved a capital injection of $4.91 billion at a board meeting.