TSMC: Supercomputing, AI Will Drive Semiconductor Business, Not Phones

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Phones have driven the semiconductor industry for the past few cycles, but TSMC thinks that’s changing, courtesy of the HPC market.

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

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Samsung, TSMC, GlobalFoundries, and Intel all have major technology ramps scheduled for the next four years. Here’s what is coming down the pipe.

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The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/249075-foundry-futures-tsmc-samsung-globalfoundries-intel-gear-7nm-beyond?source=Computing

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

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TSMC is planning a massive new fab for the 5nm and 3nm nodes, with an estimated cost of $16B. Pushing the boundaries of semiconductor technology isn’t just yielding fewer and fewer positive returns — it’s getting ever-more expensive as well. No one thinks the current cycle is sustainable, but TSMC clearly believes it has a path to at least the 3nm and possibly the 2nm node.

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ARM announces new Artemis CPU core, first 10nm test chip, built at TSMC

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ARM and TSMC announced a significant step forward for 10nm manufacturing yesterday, with news of a 10nm test device. Full-scale 10nm production, however, is still at least a year away — and the early feedback from TSMC suggests this may be a short-lived node.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/228806-arm-announces-new-artemis-cpu-core-first-10nm-test-chip-built-at-tsmc

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ARM, TSMC partner on 7nm manufacturing process possibly destined for 2018 'iPhone 8'

Article Image Apple chip manufacturer TSMC is reportedly partnering with chip design firm ARM on a new, 7-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process, likely to be used in producing iPhone and iPad processors within the next few years.

The original article can be found here: http://appleinsider.com.feedsportal.com/c/33975/f/616168/s/4e4e379a/sc/28/l/0Lappleinsider0N0Carticles0C160C0A30C160Carm0Etsmc0Epartner0Eon0E7nm0Emanufacturing0Eprocess0Epossibly0Edestined0Efor0E20A180Eiphone0E8/story01.htm

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Apple chip supplier TSMC doubling 16nm chip production, hinting at 'iPhone 7' prep

Article Image Key Apple processor supplier TSMC plans to double its production capacity for 16-nanometer chips in March, reports said on Wednesday, hinting at preparation for future Apple devices.

The original article can be found here: http://appleinsider.com.feedsportal.com/c/33975/f/616168/s/4dfc23bf/sc/28/l/0Lappleinsider0N0Carticles0C160C0A30C0A20Capple0Echip0Esupplier0Etsmc0Edoubling0E16nm0Echip0Eproduction0Ehinting0Eat0Eiphone0E70Eprep/story01.htm

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Apple chip supplier TSMC says earthquake damage will have bigger impact than expected

Article Image The damage to Apple chip supplier TSMC from a Feb. 6 earthquake was reportedly more severe than estimated, and will indeed result in fewer wafers shipping to clients during the March quarter.

The original article can be found here: http://appleinsider.com.feedsportal.com/c/33975/f/616168/s/4d99ed82/sc/28/l/0Lappleinsider0N0Carticles0C160C0A20C150Capple0Echip0Esupplier0Etsmc0Esays0Eearthquake0Edamage0Ewill0Ehave0Ebigger0Eimpact0Ethan0Eexpected/story01.htm

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TSMC will begin 10nm production this year, claims 5nm by 2020

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TSMC may have lost ground to Samsung in 2015, but the company is determined to gain it back. The firm wants to have leaped to 5nm by 2020 — a challenging pace given the headwinds in the semiconductor industry.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/221532-tsmc-will-begin-10nm-production-this-year-claims-5nm-by-2020

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Apple chip partner TSMC plans to launch 7nm process in 2018, 5nm in 2020

Article Image Taiwanese semiconductor foundry TSMC is reportedly preparing to roll out its 7-nanometer process node as soon as 2018, with a jump to 5 nanometers currently penciled in for 2020.

The original article can be found here: http://appleinsider.com.feedsportal.com/c/33975/f/616168/s/4cfa73e1/sc/28/l/0Lappleinsider0N0Carticles0C160C0A10C190Capple0Echip0Epartner0Etsmc0Eplans0Eto0Elaunch0E7nm0Eprocess0Ein0E20A180E5nm0Ein0E20A20A/story01.htm

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Apple supplier TSMC to set up $3B independent factory in mainland China

Article Image Taiwan-based Apple supplier TSMC on Monday announced plans to launch a $3 billion chip production factory in Nanjing, China, forgoing the help of any local corporate partners.

The original article can be found here: http://appleinsider.com.feedsportal.com/c/33975/f/616168/s/4c0ff2f7/sc/28/l/0Lappleinsider0N0Carticles0C150C120C0A70Capple0Esupplier0Etsmc0Eto0Eset0Eup0E3b0Eindependent0Efactory0Ein0Emainland0Echina/story01.htm

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TSMC rumored to be exclusive manufacturer for Apple 'A10' CPU in 2016

Taiwan’s TSMC is set to become the exclusive manufacturer of an Apple “A10″ processor for next-generation iPhones, cutting Samsung out of the loop, according to a new rumor.

The original article can be found here: http://appleinsider.com.feedsportal.com/c/33975/f/616168/s/49d665d4/sc/15/l/0Lappleinsider0N0Carticles0C150C0A90C140Ctsmc0Erumored0Eto0Ebe0Eexclusive0Emanufacturer0Efor0Eapple0Ea10A0Ecpu0Ein0E20A16/story01.htm

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Former TSMC engineer gave secret process technology to Samsung, court rules

An engineer who left chipmaker TSMC for a new job at rival Samsung’s foundry division illegally passed trade secrets to the South Korean firm, Taiwan’s Supreme Court said in a Wednesday ruling.

The original article can be found here: http://appleinsider.com.feedsportal.com/c/33975/f/616168/s/495065f9/sc/21/l/0Lappleinsider0N0Carticles0C150C0A80C260Cformer0Etsmc0Eengineer0Egave0Esecret0Eprocess0Etechnology0Eto0Esamsung0Ecourt0Erules/story01.htm

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Taiwanese court rules former TSMC employee shared stolen secrets with Samsung

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The Taiwan Supreme Court has ruled against a former TSMC employee who took a job with Samsung. Liang Mong-song is barred from working for the Korean company for the rest of the year.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/212898-taiwanese-court-rules-former-tsmc-employee-shared-stolen-secrets-with-samsung

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TSMC quickly ramping up 16nm volume production

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TSMC has stated that it’s rapidly ramping its 16nmFF process now, and expects to be in volume production in its second-generation 16nmFF+ process by the end of the year. The new announcements are meant to quell investor fears that the foundry giant lost Apple orders to its rival, Samsung.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/212221-tsmc-quickly-ramping-up-16nm-volume-production

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TSMC confirms volume shipments of 16nm, pushes EUV back to the 5nm node

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TSMC has announced that it’s shipping 16nm chips in volume, with a rapid 10nm ramp on the way. EUV, however, has been pushed back again, and is now expected to debut on the 5nm node.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/210427-tsmc-confirms-volume-shipments-of-16nm-pushes-euv-back-to-the-5nm-node

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Samsung & TSMC begin volume production of Apple's next-gen 'A9' CPU for 'iPhone 6s' – report

The two principal manufacturers of Apple processors, Samsung and TSMC, have each begun volume production of the next-generation “A9″ CPU for use in the upcoming iPhones, according to a new report.

The original article can be found here: http://appleinsider.com.feedsportal.com/c/33975/f/616168/s/482cf73e/sc/15/l/0Lappleinsider0N0Carticles0C150C0A70C160Csamsung0Etsmc0Ebegin0Evolume0Eproduction0Eof0Eapples0Enext0Egen0Ea90Ecpu0Efor0Eiphone0E6s0E0E0Ereport/story01.htm

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Qualcomm picks Samsung for Snapdragon 820 as TSMC vows to accelerate its roadmap

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Qualcomm is the latest company to jump ship for Samsung, but TSMC isn’t taking the news lying down. Instead, it’s vowing to accelerate its own 10nm rollout.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/203927-qualcomm-picks-samsung-for-snapdragon-820-as-tsmc-vows-to-accelerate-its-roadmap

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TSMC announces first 16nm FinFET results, unveils 10nm roadmap

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TSMC has made a series of aggressive announcements around its next-generation technology — not only has it produced a Cortex-A57 CPU on 16nm FinFET, it’s beginning its earliest work on 10nm.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/191415-tsmc-announces-first-16nm-finfet-results-unveils-10nm-roadmap

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Stop obsessing over transistor counts: It’s a terrible way of comparing chips

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As TSMC and Intel head closer to direct competition discussions of transistor density and die size have become increasingly contentious. Such comparisons, however, are fatally flawed.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/190946-stop-obsessing-over-transistor-counts-theyre-a-terrible-way-of-comparing-chips

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TSMC announces its first 16nm FinFET networking chip: 32-core ARM Cortex-A57

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Yesterday, TSMC announced the first successful production of a 32-core ARM chip based on 16nm FinFET technology. According to the foundry, it collaborated with HiSilicon technologies to create the network processor, which marries a 16nm 32-core ARM Cortex-A57 with 28nm logic and I/O chips — this 16nm/28nm combination is produced using a technique TSMC calls CoWoS (Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate).

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/190941-tsmc-announces-its-first-16nm-finfet-networking-chip-32-core-arm-cortex-a57

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