Cadence close to releasing DDR4 and LPDDR4 products
Published in Memory


Made using TSMC's 16nm FinFET Plus

Cadence Design Systems says its DDR4 and LPDDR4 IP using TSMC's 16nm FinFET Plus (16FF+) process have completed TSMC9000 Silicon Assessment.

Nvidia Pascal GPUs spotted en route to testing facilities
Published in News


Shipping values priced between $608 and $810 USD per unit

Any time a new batch of GPUs are ready to be sent from a manufacturing facility overseas to a supply partner for testing and metrics, there are always debugging and testing parts sent ahead of time to ensure that silicon is quickly brought to market without suffering silicon respin and unforeseen manufacturing delays.

Recent Taiwan earthquake impact larger than expected
Published in News


Damage to Fab 14 may affect iPhone 7 production

A recent 6.4-magnitude earthquake in the southern Taiwan region that killed at least 116 people was originally expected to have a less than 1 percent impact on semiconductor manufacturing in the region. TSMC now expects to have an impact above 1 percent, according to an updated report from DigiTimes.

Earthquake might have damaged TSMC production
Published in Processors


The Gods are not happy with the iPhone 7

Although it was thought that the earthquake in Taiwan might have had a limited impact on the production of electronics, rumours are flying that all is not well at TSMC.

Pascal in testing phase
Published in Graphics
Monday, 15 February 2016 13:17

Pascal in testing phase


Sent to India

The next-gen Pascal-based GPUs by Nvidia are now in the testing and validation phase.

Apple knifes Samsung
Published in Processors
Thursday, 11 February 2016 10:48

Apple knifes Samsung


Puts all 10nm eggs in TSMC’s basket

Fruity cargo cult Apple has turned on its partner Samsung and given the contract to produce 10-nano application processors (AP) to TSMC.

Intel not ahead of the foundries
Published in Processors
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 09:38

Intel not ahead of the foundries


Transistor performance lagging

The naming game for the next generation of chipmaking actually covers up the fact that Intel is probably not ahead of the foundries in terms of transistor performance.

Altera deal might bite Chipzilla
Published in Processors
Thursday, 28 January 2016 12:19

Altera deal might bite Chipzilla


Analyst warns

Technology analyst Ashraf Eassa is getting a little worried about Intel’s $16.7 billion Altera deal which he thinks could end up being a huge flop.

Intel’s roadmap has three families on 10nm
Published in Processors


Rumours starting to firm up


It is starting to look like the rumours Chipzilla is planning to launch three processor families manufactured on the 10nm process node are proving true.

Samsung and TSMC slug it out over new processes
Published in Processors


Begun the Gen.3.14 FinFet wars have

Samsung and TSMC are starting to slug it out introducing Gen.3 14 and 16-nano FinFET system semiconductor processes, but the cost could mean that smartphone makers shy away from the technology in the short term.