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.
Will add an Intel LTE-A modem
LG has been trying to make and launch a decent inhouse SoC. The first attempt was a limited success and now the company plans a successor – the LG Nuclun 2 to launch in 2016.
Life gets more disappointing
Chipmaker TSMC says that chip growth this year will be nothing.
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.
More compact process
TSMC has quietly rolled out a compact, low-power version of its 16nm FinFET fabrication process.
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.
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.
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.
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.