Apple’s A14 Packs 134 Million Transistors/mm², but Falls Short of TSMC’s Density Claims

Apple’s A14 Packs 134 Million Transistors/mm², but Falls Short of TSMC’s Density Claims
by Dylan Patel on 12-11-2020 at 6:00 am

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Our friends over at ICmasters have delved into the package of the Apple A14 Bionic. The die size has been unmasked, and it stands in at 88mm2. Despite cramming in 11.8 billion transistors, the die size is incredibly small thanks to utilization of TSMC’s 5nm process node.

The march of progress is not all rosy. Apple’s chips have historically… Read More


Moortec Delivers Distributed, Real-Time Thermal Sensing on TSMC N5 Process

Moortec Delivers Distributed, Real-Time Thermal Sensing on TSMC N5 Process
by Mike Gianfagna on 06-10-2020 at 6:00 am

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Moortec is known for its innovative in-chip monitoring and sensing products. They’re based in the UK and have been delivering this kind of embedded technology since 2010. Dan Nenni covered an overview of the company recently. SemiWiki also hosted a webinar about optimizing power and increasing data throughput in AI from MoortecRead More


Top 10 Highlights of the TSMC 2018 Technology Symposium

Top 10 Highlights of the TSMC 2018 Technology Symposium
by Tom Dillinger on 05-04-2018 at 12:00 pm

Here are the Top 10 highlights from the recent TSMC 2018 Technology Symposium, held in Santa Clara CA. A couple of years ago, TSMC acknowledged the unique requirements of 4 different market segments, which has since guided their process development strategy — Mobile, High-Performance Computing (HPC), Automotive, and… Read More


TSMC 5nm and EUV Update 2018

TSMC 5nm and EUV Update 2018
by Daniel Nenni on 01-23-2018 at 12:00 pm

The TSMC Q4 2017 earnings call transcript is up and I found it to be quite interesting for several reasons. First and foremost, this is the last call Chairman Dr. Morris Chang will participate in which signifies the end of a world changing era for me and the fabless semiconductor ecosystem, absolutely. TSMC announced his retirement… Read More