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Intel and TSMC do not Slow 3nm Expansion

Intel and TSMC do not Slow 3nm Expansion
by Daniel Nenni on 08-09-2022 at 10:00 am

Pat Gelsinger and CC Wei SemiWiki

The media has gone wild over a false report that Intel and TSMC are slowing down 3nm. It is all about sensationalism and getting clicks no matter what damage is done to the hardworking semiconductor people, companies and industry as a whole. And like lemmings jumping off a cliff, other less reputable media outlets perpetuated this… Read More


How TSMC Contributed to the Death of 450mm and Upset Intel in the Process

How TSMC Contributed to the Death of 450mm and Upset Intel in the Process
by Craig Addison on 08-05-2022 at 6:00 am

450mm wafer

Pinpointing exactly when 450mm died is tricky. Intel’s pullback in 2014 has been cited as a pivotal moment because it was the main backer of the proposed transition, as it had been for the shift to 150mm (6-inch) wafers in the early 1980s.

However, the participation of global foundry leader TSMC was also seen as crucial if 450mm wafers… Read More


Intel & Chips Act Passage Juxtaposition

Intel & Chips Act Passage Juxtaposition
by Robert Maire on 07-31-2022 at 6:00 am

Chips Act Corporate Welfare

-Need more/less spend & more/fewer chips
-The irony of chips act passage & Intel stumble on same day
-Due to excess supply of chips, Intel cuts spending
-Due to shortage of chips, the government increases spending
-How did this happen on the same day? Cosmic Coincidence?

Timing is everything

The irony of intel cutting spending… Read More


Intel Lands Top TSMC Customer

Intel Lands Top TSMC Customer
by Daniel Nenni on 07-25-2022 at 2:30 am

Intel Foundry and MediaTek

Most people will be surprised by this but after working in Taiwan for many years I quite expected it. Intel Announced that MediaTek will use Intel Foundry Services for FinFET based smart edge device chips. MediaTek will start with Intel 16nm technology which originated from the legendary 22nm, the first commercial FinFET process.… Read More


Future Semiconductor Technology Innovations

Future Semiconductor Technology Innovations
by Tom Dillinger on 07-19-2022 at 6:00 am

2D metals

At the recent VLSI Symposium on Technology and Circuits, Dr. Y.J. Mii, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at TSMC, gave a plenary talk entitled, “Semiconductor Innovations, from Device to System”.  The presentation offered insights into TSMC’s future R&D initiatives, beyond the current roadmap.  The associated… Read More


3D Device Technology Development

3D Device Technology Development
by Tom Dillinger on 07-13-2022 at 6:00 am

CFET cross section v2

The VLSI Symposium on Technology and Circuits provides a deep dive on recent technical advances, as well as a view into the research efforts that will be transitioning to production in the near future.  In a short course presentation at the Symposium, Marko Radosavljevic, from the Components Research group at Intel, provided … Read More


Intel Foundry Services Puts PDKs in the Cloud

Intel Foundry Services Puts PDKs in the Cloud
by Daniel Nenni on 06-28-2022 at 10:00 am

Intel Foundry Services Roadmap

Intel announced today that they are partnering with cloud and EDA companies to better enable their foundry business. This is a natural extension of the Accelerator ecosystem program announced earlier. More and more chip designs are being done in the cloud and from my experience cloud based designs are better. Some companies use… Read More


TSMC 2022 Technology Symposium Review – Advanced Packaging Development

TSMC 2022 Technology Symposium Review – Advanced Packaging Development
by Tom Dillinger on 06-27-2022 at 6:00 am

3D blox

TSMC recently held their annual Technology Symposium in Santa Clara, CA.  The presentations provide a comprehensive overview of their technology status and upcoming roadmap, covering all facets of the process technology and advanced packaging development.  This article will summarize the highlights of the advanced packaging… Read More


TSMC 2022 Technology Symposium Review – Process Technology Development

TSMC 2022 Technology Symposium Review – Process Technology Development
by Tom Dillinger on 06-22-2022 at 5:00 am

finFLEX

TSMC recently held their annual Technology Symposium in Santa Clara, CA.  The presentations provided a comprehensive overview of their status and upcoming roadmap, covering all facets of process technology and advanced packaging development.  This article will summarize the highlights of the process technology updates… Read More


Three Key Takeaways from the 2022 TSMC Technical Symposium!

Three Key Takeaways from the 2022 TSMC Technical Symposium!
by Daniel Nenni on 06-16-2022 at 12:10 pm

TSMC Technology Roadmap 2022

The TSMC Technical Symposium is today so I wanted to give you a brief summary of what was presented. Tom Dillinger will do a more technical review as he has done in the past. I don’t want to steal his thunder but here is what I think are the key takeaways. First a brief history lesson.

The history of TSMC Technology Development with 12 keyRead More