Do nanometers matter?
Published in PC Hardware
Thursday, 25 June 2020 11:00

Do nanometers matter?


Analysis:
Interesting marketing that works

I have been around to vividly remember 350 nm and the first Pentium and AMD K5/K6 processors, and since that time, I have tracked the microprocessors and GPU market. It went swiftly from 350 to 250nm and later to 180, 130, 90, 65, 45, 32nm, and 14nm. It took some ten significant geometry shrinking and power reductions to get to 10nm and even to get to 7nm. Apple, in collaboration with TSMC, is just months away from announcing 5nm chips, but the real question is, do nanometers matter?

Apple announces its silicon
Published in Mobiles
Wednesday, 24 June 2020 11:21

Apple announces its silicon


Analysis:
Takes two years to transition

Apple has finally announced the beginning of a two-year transition towards its own silicon. The first systems based on Apple silicon will be shipping later this year.

This year's Zen 3 is not 5nm
Published in PC Hardware
Friday, 05 June 2020 10:24

This year's Zen 3 is not 5nm


Zen 4 to go to the next node

Digitimes, VideoCardz, and RetiredEngineer (twitter) started an intriguing rumor that Ryzen 4000 might end up at 5nm+. Asking around at a reliable place, we have to disappoint some of you as this won't be the case. The Ryzen 4000 series based on Zen 3 core is still at 7nm.

ARM Cortex A78 to power 2021 phones
Published in PC Hardware
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 14:59

ARM Cortex A78 to power 2021 phones


20 percent faster 5nm optimized

The next generation of phones mostly expected in early 2021, will come powered by Cortex A78 new core. The new Cortex A78 will improve performance by up to 20 percent in the same power envelope.

TSCM to build 5nm Fab in Arizona
Published in News
Monday, 18 May 2020 09:33

TSCM to build 5nm Fab in Arizona


Conditio sine qua non

After weeks of speculation, TSMC has officially confirmed that Taiwan based TSMC announced its intention to build and operate an advanced semiconductor fab in Arizona, United States.

Nvidia GA100 is a high-performance AI
Published in Graphics
Friday, 08 May 2020 10:36

Nvidia GA100 is a high-performance AI


TSMC 7nm, next-gen Hopper 5nm

There have been rumors for quite some time about the Nvidia Ampere and the manufacturing nod. Nvidia’s first AI-based solution comes from TSMC, while some GPUs will be manufactured by Samsung too.

The Apple 2021 notebook chip is A14X iPad based
Published in Mobiles


Modified

Bloomberg has rekindled news that Apple has been working on its own chip, and many covered the news claiming that 2021 iPads will get an iPhone chip. Well, they won't as it would not be that powerful to put a 2W TDP chip in a notebook, and instead, the modified version of A14X iPad chip will find its place to the Macbooks of the future. We got a few details confirmed.

Apple 5G phone is on schedule
Published in Mobiles
Thursday, 09 April 2020 18:23

Apple 5G phone is on schedule


iPhone 12 that is

Many outlets covered the rumor that Apple plans to delay its 5G iPhone because of COVID-19 and Foxconn production capacity issues but as we suspected, the rumors turn out to be premature.

Snapdragon X60 5nm announced
Published in Mobiles
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 17:48

Snapdragon X60 5nm announced


Up to 7.5 Gbps download, 3 Gbps upload

Qualcomm tends to introduce its latest modems just shortly before the Mobile World Congress time, and the company just launched its third generation 5G modem simply called X60.

TSMC says it is on track for 5 nm
Published in PC Hardware
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 11:50

TSMC says it is on track for 5 nm


Arriving on platform 9

TSMC vice chairman and CEO C.C. Wei announced the company's plans for 5 nm are on track, which means High Volume Manufacturing (HVM) on the node is expected to be achieved by 2Q 2020.