Qualcomm and MediaTek take the plunge
Last week it emerged that TSMC may be losing some 28nm orders to other foundries, and now it appears that UMC is snatching its business.
Blame the almighty dollar
The share value of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing is falling faster than a team of free fall parachuting elephants who have forgotten to pack the key ingredient of their act.
And may give some foundry business to Intel come 2017
Chipmaker Nvidia has reportedly moved some of its orders from its long-time partner TSMC to Samsung.
To take on Intel and Qualcomm
According to South Korean media reports, Samsung is interested in acquiring AMD, all in an effort to compete with rival chipmakers Intel and Qualcomm.
16nm process might be a better choice than Samsung’s 14nm
TSMC is reportedly getting the majority of Apple A9 orders, which would be a big coup for the company.
A magazine claims that Samsung’s leapfrog over TSMC to become the 14nm provider of choice is as a direct result of corporate spying.
With custom 64-bit CPU core
While some of the first devices based on the Snapdragon 810 are about to hit the global market, Qualcomm has decided to unveil some the first details regarding its next big thing at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, the Snapdragon 820 SoC.
Chipmaking gear maker ASML has told the world that that its customer TSMC has exposed more than 1000 wafers on an NXE:3300B EUV system in a single day.