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The great GPU bait-and-switch of summer 2016: AMD, Nvidia official MSRPs don’t reflect real-world prices

Posted on 09/06 17:10 in Shows | 0

More than three months after Nvidia officially kicked off the 14nm refresh cycle, GPU prices still running hot.The RX 470 is supposed to sell for $179; the least expensive RX 470 we found was $199, which is where the RX 480 4GB is supposed to sit.

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GlobalFoundries announces new 7nm FinFET process, full node shrink

Posted on 09/16 22:43 in Shows | 0

Even more interesting is the fact that the company intends to execute a full node shrink at 7nm, rather than using a hybrid node.A quick word on “full node” versus “hybrid node.

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New rumors claim to shed light on AMD’s upcoming Vega 10 and 11 GPUs, forecast 7nm Vega 20

Posted on 09/20 23:06 in Shows | 0

There’s a new set of rumors cropping up about AMD’s Vega.That works out to up to 1TB/s of memory bandwidth for a full implementation — and the first-generation HBM implementations that AMD shipped were full implementations.

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Samsung’s 10nm node, SoCs now in mass production

Posted on 10/17 22:36 in Shows | 0

According to Samsung, its 10nm LPE (Low Power Early) process node will offer “up to 30-percent increase in area efficiency with 27-percent higher performance or 40-percent lower power consumption.” Or this, from the company’s page on its 32nm process node.

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Samsung announces fourth-gen 14nm node, plans 10nm improvements, and shows off 7nm EUV wafer

Posted on 11/04 14:20 in Shows | 0

Like Intel, Samsung intends to offer multiple generations of a single process node — but unlike Intel, it isn’t debuting a new strategy in lieu of maintaining a quick transition roadmap.When foundries add new iterations of existing process nodes, it’s typically because they’ve got customers who are interested in those process nodes and want to take advantage of them.

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Qualcomm claims it will lead the mobile industry with Snapdragon 835, 10nm manufacturing

Posted on 11/21 21:23 in Shows | 0

This quick 10nm ramp will happen in partnership with Samsung, which also led the industry on early 14nm technology.“We are excited to continue working together with Samsung in developing products that lead the mobile industry,” said Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

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TSMC announces plans for $16 billion foundry to push the envelope on 5nm, 3nm process nodes

Posted on 12/12 14:23 in Shows | 0

7 billion foundry facility focused on the upcoming 5nm and 3nm process nodes.Even once a facility is running some volume, it can take 9-12 months to bring the entire fabrication plant fully online.

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450mm silicon wafers aren't happening any time soon as major consortium collapses

Posted on 01/13 22:53 in Shows | 0

A few years ago, multiple high-end companies were backing the idea of moving from 300mm to 450mm silicon wafers.Historically, moving to larger wafers was a critical way that foundries and fabs cut prices and improved yields.

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Intel will finally finish Fab 42 in Arizona, bring new 7nm capacity online

Posted on 02/08 21:29 in Shows | 0

Several years ago, Intel announced that it wouldn’t finish its 14nm manufacturing plant, Fab 42.Now, Intel has announced that it will be bringing Fab 42 online, but not as a 14nm facility.

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Intel claims three-year advantage on 10nm, wants to redefine process nodes

Posted on 03/31 15:57 in Shows | 0

At 10nm, Intel is moving the contact to directly under the gate, which frees up additional transistor space.The slides below includes visualizations of these improvements and how they collectively improve Intel’s 10nm process node.

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Intel CEO admits to industry-wide conspiracy to slow CPU advances, kill frequency boosts

Posted on 04/01 14:05 in Shows | 0

“We actually got the idea from Craig Barrett,” said Krzanich, referring to Intel’s CEO from 1998 – 2005.“Back in the late 1990s, the Pentium 4 was controversial because it dramatically increased clock speeds without delivering a corresponding performance improvement.

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Foundry Futures: TSMC, Samsung, GlobalFoundries, and Intel Gear Up For 7nm and Beyond

Posted on 05/10 15:37 in Shows | 0

Over the past few years, companies like Samsung, TSMC, and GlobalFoundries have all jockeyed for the pole position in the highly competitive (and extremely expensive) foundry business.This is most apparent with Intel; its 10nm node is expected to be equivalent to 7nm from TSMC.

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AMD Clarifies Vega and Server Rollouts, Talks Zen Follow-Ups

Posted on 05/23 23:19 in Shows | 0

Let’s break it down: During AMD’s financial analyst day, it unveiled a roadmap for Zen that showed 14nm/14nm+, followed by a Zen 2 and Zen 3.This implies we’ll see a refreshed Zen point-update at some point on a second-generation 14nm process.

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Samsung Wants to Lead the Foundry Business to 4nm and Beyond

Posted on 05/24 22:14 in Shows | 0

A few weeks back, we covered foundry plans over the next few years for TSMC, Samsung, GlobalFoundries, and Intel.The company is planning to launch a variety of new process capabilities, including new technology nodes, the introduction of Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV), and its own fully depleted SOI (FDSOI) technology.

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IBM Announces 5nm Breakthrough Using Silicon Nanosheets

Posted on 06/06 15:10 in Shows | 0

The diagram below shows the progression from a traditional 2D transistor (left) to a FinFET structure (right), to a GAAFET (bottom).The structure of the IBM nanosheet design means that the fin, which formerly stuck “up” out of the transistor, is now effectively a silicon nanowire.

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Intel Quietly Threatens Microsoft, Qualcomm Over x86 Emulation

Posted on 06/12 21:30 in Shows | 0

Enforcement actions have been unnecessary in recent years because other companies have respected Intel’s intellectual property rights.However, there have been reports that some companies may try to emulate Intel’s proprietary x86 ISA without Intel’s authorization.

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7nm Semiconductor Tech to Arrive in 3 Stages: GlobalFoundries

Posted on 06/27 16:21 in Shows | 0

But companies like Samsung, GlobalFoundries, and TSMC have defined a system of short and long-lived nodes, with different characteristics and their own individual roadmaps for how long each node will last.Unlike TSMC and Samsung, both of which have 10nm products on their roadmaps, GlobalFoundries opted to leap straight for 7nm after licensing 14nm production from Samsung.

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ASML Claims Major EUV Lithography Milestone

Posted on 07/20 18:16 in Shows | 0

Manufacturers like Intel, TSMC, GlobalFoundries, and Samsung have continued to advance 193nm lithography in the absence of a functional EUV alternative.Now, ASML is claiming to have solved one of the major problems keeping EUV lithography from release, though it’s doing so in extremely carefully worded language.

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Samsung Wants to Triple Its Foundry Market Share in Just 5 Years

Posted on 07/25 14:38 in Shows | 0

Jung, executive vice president and head of Samsung’s foundry division, has now told the press that the firm wants a 25 percent share of contract manufacturing.But there’s an interesting discrepancy between Samsung’s overall position in the market and its specific position in contract manufacturing.

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Details Leak on Intel's Upcoming Ice Lake CPU, 10nm Schedule

Posted on 08/16 16:29 in Shows | 0

The new, 10nm chip will be codenamed Ice Lake and isn’t expected to debut until after Coffee Lake, which is expected to launch later this year on the 14nm++ process.Right now, it looks as if Intel will introduce 10nm parts (codenamed Cannon Lake) only in 2018.

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