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How Intel lost $10 billion — and the mobile market

Posted on 02/07 10:56 in Shows | 0

How did Intel manage to spend up to $10 billion dollars and have so little show for it?Three of these companies — GlobalFoundries, Samsung, and TSMC — are known as pure-play foundries or merchant foundries.

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How Intel lost the mobile market, part 2: the rise and neglect of Atom

Posted on 02/24 08:17 in Shows | 0

The common explanation for why Intel lost the mobile market is that its x86 mobile processors either drew too much power, or weren’t powerful enough compared with their ARM counterparts.Contrary to popular belief, Intel wasn’t caught completely off-guard by the rise of smartphones or the popularity of small, Internet-connected devices.

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AMD announces new Radeon RX 480: VR-ready, at a budget price

Posted on 06/01 23:21 in Shows | 0

The new RX 480 is a midrange card that AMD claims will deliver dramatic performance improvements in VR and 3D gaming.The RX 480, which will ship on June 29, is a 14nm GPU built at GlobalFoundries.

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AMD has built hardware at Samsung, could tap foundry for future products

Posted on 07/27 21:13 in Shows | 0

One of the major questions AMD investors raised after the company’s conference call last week was where AMD was building most of its hardware.While the company disclosed that it had purchased $75 million in wafers from GlobalFoundries in Q2, that’s a fraction of AMD’s usual wafer spend.

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Intel will fab ARM chips for LG on upcoming 10nm foundry node

Posted on 08/17 15:51 in Shows | 0

Now Intel announced that it would begin building 10nm hardware for companies that want to license standard ARM cores.According to ARM, this deal will cover future ARM products, dubbed ARM POP technology (POP is not an acronym).

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Intel reportedly wooing Apple as a customer for its ARM foundry business

Posted on 08/30 18:30 in Shows | 0

The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Apple is already trying to nick Apple from TSMC, for all the obvious reasons.Pulling in Apple’s business would give Intel’s custom foundry division instant credibility and establish it as a force to be reckoned with.

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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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