Fab manufacturing equipment gets created for ARM first
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35 million ARM vs 1.6 million "other“ wafers

There is one big change that is happening in the manufacturing equipment industry and ARM used its ARMTechCon to educate us about the big change. Drew Henry, SVP of infrastructure at ARM, pointed out in its presentation that ARM silicon wafer production ends up in 35 million wafers.

TSMC to set up new fab
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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 12:05

TSMC to set up new fab


New packaging for its back end

TSMC is attempting to get approval to build a new advanced packaging Fab in Taiwan.

SkyWater is a new US based and owned foundry player
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Doing a lot of work in Quantum Computing

We had a chance to chat with the Tom Sonderman,  the president of SkyWater - a  new/old US owned and operated semiconductor Fab. These guys can make a lot of interesting IoT, automotive and even quantum processing units and what makes it unique is that it is US owned and operated. 

TSMC builds 3nm Fab in Taiwan
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 12:33

TSMC builds 3nm Fab in Taiwan


Not the US

As we predicted,TSMC will build the 'world's first' semiconductor plant to support the creation of 3nm node silicon chips in Taiwan.

TSMC’s 12-inch plant on schedule
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Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:35

TSMC’s 12-inch plant on schedule


Doing the deals to cut the ribbon


TSMC is close to striking deals with a number of equipment, materials and components companies that will support production at its new 12-inch plant in Nanjing, China.

Snapdragon 835 10nm announced
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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 23:54

Snapdragon 835 10nm announced


World's first 10nm SoC uses Samsung’s fabs

Qualcomm and Samsung have announced that the latest Snapdragon 835 is using Samsung’s 10nm process technology. One thing is clear the 2017 Snapdragon is now officially the Snapdragon 835.

Foundries ask customers to switch to 12 inch wafers
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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.

Samsung cutting prices on 14nm FinFET
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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.

UK University gets its own Fab
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 14:18

UK University gets its own Fab


Students design chips instead of just living off them

The University of Westminster's Marylebone campus has opened a high tech fabrication lab in central London.

TSMC promises 7nm chips in 2017
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:44

TSMC promises 7nm chips in 2017


Promised you a miracle

TSMC is telling the world that it is optimistic about its abilities to make chips using super thin process technologies.