TSMC confirms the existence of 12nm
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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.

TSMC hopes to woo Qualcomm back with 7nm
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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
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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.