Wafer prices to soar next year
Published in News
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
Published in News
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.

TSMC hopes to woo Qualcomm back with 7nm
Published in Processors
Friday, 21 October 2016 11:54

TSMC hopes to woo Qualcomm back with 7nm


It does not appear interested in 10nm

TSMC thinks that it can win back Qualcomm’s chip business with its 7nm process technology, but has all but given up expecting it to return for 10nm.

MediaTek launches Helio P15 chipset
Published in Mobiles
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 21:58

MediaTek launches Helio P15 chipset


Up to 10 percent improvement over Helio P10

According to a report coming from China, MediaTek has released its new Helio P15 chipset, an upgrade to the quite popular Helio P10 chipset.

Analysts claim Taiwan foundries coining in cash
Published in Processors


16nm doing well but 20nm slumps

Taiwan’s chip foundries are raking in more cash in the third quarter than ever before, according to a new report.

TSMC’s 7nm tech is on track
Published in Processors
Friday, 14 October 2016 11:28

TSMC’s 7nm tech is on track


For anyone wanting risk next year

TSMC's co-CEO Mark Liu told yesterday's investors meeting that his outfit’s 7nm was well on track and will be ready for risk production in the middle of next year.

Intel makes 14nm chips for Spreadtrum
Published in Processors
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 13:03

Intel makes 14nm chips for Spreadtrum


Thinks Samsung will be interested

Chipzilla has announced that it is making 14nm application processors for Spreadtrum and the pair might have Samsung as a client.

TSMC promises to prop up Moores Law
Published in Processors
Friday, 30 September 2016 12:13

TSMC promises to prop up Moores Law


Old Moore’s almanac

TSMC has said it will prop up Moore's Law and will innovate to keep it going.