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.

AMD gives TSMC Zen
Published in Processors
Friday, 25 September 2015 14:49

AMD gives TSMC Zen


What is the sound of 16nm FinFET clapping

Amid rumours of Globalfoundries' slow 14nm FinFET yield, it appears that AMD has taken its Zen project to TSMC.

Weak third quarter for IC foundries
Published in News
Friday, 25 September 2015 12:07

Weak third quarter for IC foundries


Even TSMC

Taiwan's top-three IC foundries are seeing a weak third quarter with their combined revenues set to decrease and 3.7 per cent on year.

TSMC expects sales drop
Published in News
Thursday, 24 September 2015 09:56

TSMC expects sales drop


But revenues up

Chipmaker TSMC has warnedthat its revenues for the fourth quarter will experience a sequential decline, however its bottom line has been saved by the fact that the US dollar is doing well against the Taiwan currency.

MEMS market boom coming
Published in Wearables
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 12:30

MEMS market boom coming


China and TaiwanIC foundries gearing up

IC foundries based in China and Taiwan are all gearing up for a huge growth in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices.

TSMC wants to get into electricity
Published in News
Friday, 04 September 2015 11:32

TSMC wants to get into electricity


Building its own power plant

Contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is thinking of generating electricity in-house.

Semiconductor makers brace for lay-offs
Published in Processors
Friday, 28 August 2015 11:47

Semiconductor makers brace for lay-offs


Fings ain't what they used to be

Semiconductor companies are planning a round of lay-offs in the Far East as sales start to dry up.