Increase logic-chip sales
Samsung Electronics is considering partnering with Chinese semiconductor companies to increase its sales and market share in the less-volatile and more profitable logic-chip business.
Full of 10nm FinFet goodness
Apple's partner in crime, TSMC has begun to tape out the design for Apple's A11 processor built on a 10nm FinFET process.
Lower electricity and cheaper
Samsung Electronics is introducing a third 14-nano FinFET system semiconductor process that has lower electricity consumption and production cost than previous cost.
More details may come at DAC 2016 in June
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is set to launch a production trial of its 7-nanometer process node in the first half of 2017, according to company chairman Morris Chang in a recent report mailed to company shareholders.
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.
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.
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.
Jen-Hsun Huang just announced Pascal P100 a new GPU based on Pascal architecture, and it is in production, shipping "soon."
$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.