Officially released, Kirin 950 can manage 2.53 GHz
Published in Mobiles


Cortex A72 with 16nm TSMC FinFET

Huawei, the company that is probably the hardest to pronounce in tech has officially unveiled its Kirin 950 first FinFET 16nm based processor. 

Foundries ask customers to switch to 12 inch wafers
Published in Processors


Size matters


Foundries are asking LCD driver clients to upgrade to 12-inch process to provide a stable supply for analogue ICs, fingerprint sensors, MCUs, mixed-signal ICs, car-use chips, MEMS and other niche-market products.

LG Nuclun 2 SoC pushed to 2016
Published in Processors
Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:19

LG Nuclun 2 SoC pushed to 2016


Will add an Intel LTE-A modem

LG has been trying to make and launch a decent inhouse SoC. The first attempt was a limited success and now the company plans a successor –  the LG Nuclun 2 to launch in 2016.

TSMC says no to chip growth
Published in Processors
Friday, 16 October 2015 12:05

TSMC says no to chip growth


Life gets more disappointing


Chipmaker TSMC says that chip growth this year will be nothing.

Samsung cutting prices on 14nm FinFET
Published in Processors
Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:52

Samsung cutting prices on 14nm FinFET


Begun the price wars have 

It is starting to look like a price war is brewing at the higher end of chip production, with Samsung already negotiating price cuts.

TSMC releases low-power 16nm FinFET
Published in Processors
Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:27

TSMC releases low-power 16nm FinFET


More compact process

TSMC has quietly rolled out a compact, low-power version of its 16nm FinFET fabrication process.

Foundry market growing
Published in Processors
Monday, 12 October 2015 13:12

Foundry market growing


Six percent growth in a flat market


The overall semiconductor market is going to be flat or slightly down this year, but the foundry market is forecast to grow 6.1 per cent.

Apple denies that Samsung A9 uses more power
Published in Processors


TSMC and Samsung chips have the same battery life 

Reports have been coming in claiming that some iPhone 6S handsets have longer battery life than others, depending on which version of the A9 processor it's running.

iPhone 6S  SoC split between fabs
Published in Processors
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:24

iPhone 6S SoC split between fabs


More Samsung in Plus and TSMC in 6S

The iPhone 6S and the Plus are made up from an equal overall part of the processors from TSMC and Samsung factories. 

iPhone 6S has A9 from TSMC or Samsung
Published in Processors
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 09:07

iPhone 6S has A9 from TSMC or Samsung


16nm FinFET or 14nm Samsung

There has been a lot of talk whether the Apple's A9 SoC comes from Samsung or TSMC and it turns out that Apple uses both.