TSMC

TSMC announced this week that it suffered a computer malware outbreak, resulting in a roughly 3 day outage for parts of the fab while systems were restored. As a consequence of the downtime, the fab expects certain shipments delays and additional charges. Specifically, because of the interruptions and costs, the company’s Q3 revenue and gross margin will be 2% and 1% lower than anticipated respectively. TSMC later clarified that the outbreak was caused by “misoperation” during the software installation for a new piece of equipment. What Happened? TSMC’s personnel set up a new manufacturing tool on Friday, August 3, and then installed software for the device. The machine was not isolated and confirmed to be malware-free before connecting it to TSMC’s internal network. Consequently, the introduction...

AMD “Rome” EPYC CPUs to Be Fabbed By TSMC

Along with AMD’s epic quarterly results that were announced yesterday afternoon, there was also an interesting nugget buried in the earnings call for the results. We’ve known for some...

32 by Ryan Smith on 7/26/2018

TSMC Details 5 nm Process Tech: Aggressive Scaling, But Thin Power and Performance Gains

At a special event last week, TSMC announced the first details about its 5 nm manufacturing technology that it plans to use sometime in 2020. CLN5 will be the...

9 by Anton Shilov on 5/8/2018

Cadence and Micron Demo DDR5-4400 IMC and Memory, Due in 2019

Cadence this week introduced the industry’s first IP interface in silicon for the current provisional DDR5 specification developed by JEDEC. Cadence’s IP and test chip us fabricated using TSMC’s...

31 by Anton Shilov on 5/3/2018

TSMC Kicks Off Volume Production of 7nm Chips

TSMC last week announced that it had started high volume production (HVM) of chips using their first-gen 7 nm (CLN7FF) process technology. The contract maker of semiconductors says it...

63 by Anton Shilov on 4/24/2018

Xilinx Announces Project Everest: The 7nm FPGA SoC Hybrid

This week Xilinx is making public its latest internal project for the next era of specialized computing. The new product line, called Project Everest in the interim, is based...

16 by Ian Cutress on 3/19/2018

TSMC Starts to Build Fab 18: 5 nm, Volume Production in Early 2020

TSMC last week held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Fab 18 phase 1 production facility. The fab will produce chips using TSMC’s 5 nm process starting from early 2020...

26 by Anton Shilov on 1/31/2018

Getting Radeon Vega Everywhere: An Exclusive Media Interview at AMD Tech Day, with CEO Dr. Lisa Su

In what is becoming an annual tradition, during AMD’s Tech Day here at CES we were given the opportunity to spend some time with Dr. Lisa Su, AMD’s CEO...

64 by Ian Cutress on 1/24/2018

TSMC Teams Up with ARM and Cadence to Build 7nm Data Center Test Chips in Q1 2018

TSMC has announced plans to build its first test chips for data center applications using its 7 nm fabrication technology. The chip will use compute cores from ARM, a...

12 by Anton Shilov on 9/14/2017

Microsoft’s Project Scorpio: More Hardware Details Revealed

This news piece contains speculation, and suggests silicon implementation based on released products and roadmaps. The only elements confirmed for Project Scorpio are the eight x86 cores, 6 TFLOPs...

113 by Ian Cutress on 4/6/2017

ARM Announces 10FF "Artemis" Test Chip

Today in collaboration with TSMC, ARM's physical IP division is announcing the tapeout of a 10nm test chip demonstrating the company's readiness for the new manufacturing process. The new...

24 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/18/2016

EUV Lithography Makes Good Progress, Still Not Ready for Prime Time

At the recent annual SPIE Advanced Lithography conference, Intel, TSMC and other leading semiconductor companies said that significant strides have been made in extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) over the...

37 by Anton Shilov on 3/10/2016

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