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


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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Move Over Graphene: IBM Expects Copper Interconnects to Hold the CMOS Line


It was initially believed graphene could revolutionize semiconductor and interconnect design, but IBM doesn’t hold out much hope that it’ll happen. Instead, the firm believes copper will remain critical to manufacturing going forward.

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Stanford Researchers Develop Flexible, Biodegradable Semiconductor

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The key to this new semiconductor is a polymer that degrades into harmless organic molecules. It won’t just fall apart while you’re using it, though.

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Intel buys Mobileye for $15 billion to lead its self-driving car unit

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Self-driving vehicles are definitely the new semiconductor goldrush, with Intel snapping up Mobileye after Qualcomm acquired NXP.

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Moore’s law scaling dead by 2021, to be replaced by 3D integration

A new semiconductor report projects that 2D planar scaling will end by 2021, replaced by 3D logic integration and stacked chips — but how will this affect long-term device scaling and overall performance?

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Softbank Strong-ARMs Its Way Into Internet of Things

Softbank Group has agreed to buy British semiconductor maker ARM Holdings for about $31.4 billion in cash, the companies announced Monday. Softbank agreed to pay a hefty premium for ARM, with a price of about $67.28 per ARM share, which is a 42.9 percent premium over the $47.08 closing price as of Friday, the last business day before the deal was announced. The surprise move will help Softbank gain a solid foothold in the Internet of Things, considered the next major wave of development in the enterprise computing business.

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TSMC reportedly sole supplier of next-gen 'iPhone 7' A-series chip

Article Image A report claims Apple will rely solely on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to produce the next-generation system-on-chip design destined to power this year’s iPhone hardware refresh, beating out longtime Apple partner Samsung.

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Graphene ‘optical capacitors’ can make chips that mesh biophysics and semiconductors

Graphene’s properties make it a tantalizing target for semiconductor research. Now a team from Princeton has showed that flakes of graphene can work as fast, accurate optical capacitors for laser transistors in neuromorphic circuits.

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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.

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Apple A9 chip fab TSMC reports record earnings, casting further doubt on 'Peak iPhone'

Article Image Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest chip fab and a manufacturer of Apple’s A9 chips used in iPhone 6s models, has posted earnings that beat analysts estimates for the quarter and established the company’s highest annual earnings in 29 years.

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Suppliers Foxconn & ASE locked in fight to gain more orders from Apple

Article Image Key Apple suppliers Foxconn and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering are reportedly engaged in battle for control of a third company, Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), with the goal of obtaining more orders from Apple.

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Samsung semiconductor profits rise 80 percent thanks to strong launches, prominent wins

Samsung’s semiconductor sales shot up in Q3 , with significantly better earnings. It’s good news for a company whose phone business has struggled throughout the last two years.

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Intel and Micron's new '3D XPoint' memory is 1000x faster, more durable than NAND

Semiconductor technology giants Intel and Micron on Tuesday announced 3D XPoint memory, the fruits of a joint endeavor into non-volatile memory technology the companies claim is the first major breakthrough in the space since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

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Avago to acquire major Apple supplier Broadcom for $37 billion

The trend toward consolidation in the semiconductor industry continued Thursday with the announcement that Avago will acquire rival Broadcom — a longtime supplier of communications chips to Apple — in a $37 billion cash-and-stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion.

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Rumor: TSMC preparing trial run of 10-nanometer ARM chips, could power future iPhones

Apple chipmaking partner Taiwan Manufacturing Semiconductor Co. is reportedly gearing up to test production of 10-nanometer size processors beginning in June, according to a new rumor.

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Did chip espionage, IP theft give Samsung its 14nm manufacturing lead?

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Samsung’s ascendancy to the pole position of semiconductor manufacturing was surprising, but there are allegations that the company achieved it through less-than savory means. Did Samsung hit its 14nm goals by luring away TSMC engineers?

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New microprocessor claims 10x energy improvement

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A new semiconductor company, Ambiq Micro, is claiming that its methods of building chips can dramatically increase overall efficiency thanks to leveraging a technique called subthreshold computing. Could this dramatically improve battery life in next-generation wearables?

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Samsung still reportedly supplying 40% of Apple A8 chips for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

Though Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is handling the lion’s share of building A8 chips for Apple’s latest iPhones, longtime partner Samsung is still reportedly a major contributor, accounting for an estimated 40 percent of production.

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The Fortune 500 Crowdfunding Conundrum

Semiconductor company Marvell recently launched its Kinoma Create construction kit for consumer electronics on Indiegogo. Should a $6.5 billion company turn to crowdfunding to raise money? Are large companies drying up a source of funding that otherwise would be available to startups? Is that morally reprehensible? “We are seeing established companies turn to Indiegogo to build new communities, engage with customers, test ideas, demonstrate value, and mitigate risk in a way previously not possible,” said Indiegogo’s Shannon Swallow.

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Apple begins receiving shipments of A-series processors from TSMC – report

Following years of rumors, chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has begun production of Apple’s A-series processors and the chips are now making their way to assembly plants, according to a Thursday morning report from Hong Kong.

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