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?
Trump needs to explain what he promised
The US Democrats are smelling a rat after TSMC announced plans to build a US-based $12 billion plant on the same day that it kicked one of its best customers, Huawei, in the supply chain.
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.
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.
A way to get enough GPUs to partners
According to our sources, AMD might have tapped Samsung for the Navi 14 GPU that is powering the recently launched Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card.
Not aware of any such request
TSMC has dismissed rumours that the US government was forcing it to cancel its lucrative contracts with Huawei.
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.
Smoke peace pipe
Globalfoundries and TSMC have dismissed all litigation between them as well as those that involve any of their customers.
5G growth better than expected
TSMC raised its 2019 capital spending plan by up to $5 billion on Thursday and forecasted a nearly 10 percent rise in fourth-quarter revenue on strong demand for faster mobile chips and 5G smartphones.
Economy of scale
After months of investigation and multiple conversations with several fellow engineers, and super C level executives in multiple organizations, we learned that it costs over one billion dollars to tape out a 7nm chip.