TSMC's Q1 2016 revenues decline 18 percent
Published in News

Low-end, midrange smartphone demand offset February earthquake

On Thursday Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announced an 18 percent quarterly revenue decline for Q1 2016 from the same timeframe a year ago in Q1 2015. The chip manufacturing giant also announced Q1 2016 net profit of $2 billion USD ($64.78 billion TWD), representing an 8.3 percent quarterly profit decline from the same timeframe a year ago in Q1 2015.

TSMC ramps up production on Intel’s modem
Published in Mobiles

IPhone 7 believed to be the target

The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn about TSMC ramping up production of Intel’s XMM 7360 LTE modem.

ASML starts shipping EUV test machines
Published in News
Monday, 11 April 2016 11:29

ASML starts shipping EUV test machines

Could be used by 2018

Extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is working and could be used in Moore Law saving high-volume chip manufacturing as early as 2018.

Pascal P100 610mm^2 is in volume production
Published in Graphics


Jen-Hsun Huang just announced Pascal P100 a new GPU based on Pascal architecture, and it is in production, shipping "soon."

TSMC advanced wafer plant in China
Published in Processors
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 10:47

TSMC advanced wafer plant in China

$3 billion investment in 12-inch fab

TSMC is building a 12-inch fab Nanjing City Government and will write a cheque for $3 billion as part of the deal.

ARM working with TSMC on 7nm process
Published in Processors
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 10:44

ARM working with TSMC on 7nm process

Low power high performance chips

ARM has teamed up with TSMC to develop a 7nm process technology to produce low-power, high-performance chips for next-generation networks and data centres.

Cadence close to releasing DDR4 and LPDDR4 products
Published in Memory

Made using TSMC's 16nm FinFET Plus

Cadence Design Systems says its DDR4 and LPDDR4 IP using TSMC's 16nm FinFET Plus (16FF+) process have completed TSMC9000 Silicon Assessment.

Nvidia Pascal GPUs spotted en route to testing facilities
Published in News

Shipping values priced between $608 and $810 USD per unit

Any time a new batch of GPUs are ready to be sent from a manufacturing facility overseas to a supply partner for testing and metrics, there are always debugging and testing parts sent ahead of time to ensure that silicon is quickly brought to market without suffering silicon respin and unforeseen manufacturing delays.

Recent Taiwan earthquake impact larger than expected
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Damage to Fab 14 may affect iPhone 7 production

A recent 6.4-magnitude earthquake in the southern Taiwan region that killed at least 116 people was originally expected to have a less than 1 percent impact on semiconductor manufacturing in the region. TSMC now expects to have an impact above 1 percent, according to an updated report from DigiTimes.

Earthquake might have damaged TSMC production
Published in Processors

The Gods are not happy with the iPhone 7

Although it was thought that the earthquake in Taiwan might have had a limited impact on the production of electronics, rumours are flying that all is not well at TSMC.