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Stanford Researchers Develop Flexible, Biodegradable Semiconductor

Stanford Researchers Develop Flexible, Biodegradable Semiconductor It wouldn’t be any good if the semiconductor was flexible but the rest of the board wasn’t.The biodegradable polymer was the most challenging bit of the project — it’s not easy from a chemistry perspective to develop a polymer that is both conductive and can decompose safely.

Samsung Poised to Overtake Intel as World's Largest Chip Maker

Samsung Poised to Overtake Intel as World's Largest Chip Maker However, many devices that don’t bear the Samsung brand still have parts manufactured by Samsung in them.According to analysts, this fact is set to push Samsung past Intel to make it the world’s largest chip maker.

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

Foundry Futures: TSMC, Samsung, GlobalFoundries, and Intel Gear Up For 7nm and Beyond Over the past few years, companies like Samsung, TSMC, and GlobalFoundries have all jockeyed for the pole position in the highly competitive (and extremely expensive) foundry business.This is most apparent with Intel; its 10nm node is expected to be equivalent to 7nm from TSMC.

Nvidia Goes All in for AI With New Volta Architecture

Nvidia Goes All in for AI With New Volta Architecture SAN JOSE, CA–A first-time attendee to Nvidia’s flagship GTC conference this week could be forgiven for thinking Nvidia was an AI company.The capstone was the announcement of Nvidia’s new Volta architecture and V100 chip.

Intel Puts the Kibosh on Reports It Will License AMD GPU Technology

Intel Puts the Kibosh on Reports It Will License AMD GPU Technology But as far as GPU performance is concerned, outside its models with EDRAM, AMD is still considered to have an overall edge.In a statement sent to Barrons, Intel stated, “The recent rumors that Intel has licensed AMD’s graphics technology are untrue.

Samsung Wants to Lead the Foundry Business to 4nm and Beyond

Samsung Wants to Lead the Foundry Business to 4nm and Beyond A few weeks back, we covered foundry plans over the next few years for TSMC, Samsung, GlobalFoundries, and Intel.The company is planning to launch a variety of new process capabilities, including new technology nodes, the introduction of Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV), and its own fully depleted SOI (FDSOI) technology.

IBM Announces 5nm Breakthrough Using Silicon Nanosheets

IBM Announces 5nm Breakthrough Using Silicon Nanosheets The diagram below shows the progression from a traditional 2D transistor (left) to a FinFET structure (right), to a GAAFET (bottom).The structure of the IBM nanosheet design means that the fin, which formerly stuck “up” out of the transistor, is now effectively a silicon nanowire.

Intel Sued for Allegedly Defective, Exploding Phones

Intel Sued for Allegedly Defective, Exploding Phones Several years ago, back when Intel was still trying to break into the smartphone market, the company announced a highly unusual partnership.Of the various SoFIA chips, only the Rockchip models are listed as having shipped on Intel’s Ark website: According to Qbex, Intel approached it about working together on a joint smartphone in January 2015.

GlobalFoundries Announces Early 7nm Availability, Huge Gains Over 14nm FinFET

GlobalFoundries Announces Early 7nm Availability, Huge Gains Over 14nm FinFET Now, GlobalFoundries is making a serious push of its own with early 7nm technology availability and volume production currently planned for the back half of 2018.That’s the news from Saratoga today, where GF announced that its 7nm LP node (LP = Leading Performance) is ready for partners to begin planning their designs.

Self-Driving Cars, AI Are Driving New Chip Designs

Self-Driving Cars, AI Are Driving New Chip Designs If Computex was any indication, these companies are looking towards emerging markets in self-driving cars, the Internet of Things, next-generation connectivity solutions, artificial intelligence, and a range of other topics.You can see them, you can feel them,” Hugo Swart, head of Qualcomm’s consumer electronics and IoT businesses, told Reuters.

7nm Semiconductor Tech to Arrive in 3 Stages: GlobalFoundries

7nm Semiconductor Tech to Arrive in 3 Stages: GlobalFoundries But companies like Samsung, GlobalFoundries, and TSMC have defined a system of short and long-lived nodes, with different characteristics and their own individual roadmaps for how long each node will last.Unlike TSMC and Samsung, both of which have 10nm products on their roadmaps, GlobalFoundries opted to leap straight for 7nm after licensing 14nm production from Samsung.

Western Digital Unveils 96-layer NAND, 4-bit QLC breakthrough

Western Digital Unveils 96-layer NAND, 4-bit QLC breakthrough Western Digital is typically thought of as a traditional HDD manufacturer more than an SSD firm, but the company’s joint NAND flash venture with Toshiba is designed to change that.First, WD claims that it will begin sampling 96-layer NAND flash by the end of this year, with early commercial volumes ramping up in 2018.

Samsung Poised to Overtake Intel as World's Largest Semiconductor Manufacturer

Samsung Poised to Overtake Intel as World's Largest Semiconductor Manufacturer For the past 26 years, the same company has led the semiconductor industry in yearly revenue: Intel.Reuters also reports that Samsung’s profits are expected to jump 67 percent year-on-year, setting new highs.

MIT Develops 3D Chip That Integrates CPU, Memory

MIT Develops 3D Chip That Integrates CPU, Memory Now, new work from MIT claims that carbon nanotubes and resistive RAM (RRAM) could be used in concert to create 3D chips that would integrate RAM directly into the CPU structure.” Point of clarification: We’ve been talking about 3D chips for quite some time now, but there are multiple valid types of 3D structures in play.

ASML Claims Major EUV Lithography Milestone

ASML Claims Major EUV Lithography Milestone Manufacturers like Intel, TSMC, GlobalFoundries, and Samsung have continued to advance 193nm lithography in the absence of a functional EUV alternative.Now, ASML is claiming to have solved one of the major problems keeping EUV lithography from release, though it’s doing so in extremely carefully worded language.

Fujitsu Enters Deep Learning, AI Markets With Custom Architecture

Fujitsu Enters Deep Learning, AI Markets With Custom Architecture For the past few years, the battle over AI, deep learning, and other HPC (High-Performance Computing) workloads has been mostly a two-horse race.Tofu2 would seem to be the much better choice, but Fujitsu hasn’t clarified that point yet.

Samsung Wants to Triple Its Foundry Market Share in Just 5 Years

Samsung Wants to Triple Its Foundry Market Share in Just 5 Years Jung, executive vice president and head of Samsung’s foundry division, has now told the press that the firm wants a 25 percent share of contract manufacturing.But there’s an interesting discrepancy between Samsung’s overall position in the market and its specific position in contract manufacturing.

AMD Beats Q2 2017 Expectations on Strong Ryzen, Epyc Sales

AMD Beats Q2 2017 Expectations on Strong Ryzen, Epyc Sales This was a significant quarter for AMD, because it marked the first quarter of full availability for the Ryzen CPU family.Gross margin of 33 percent was down 1 percent compared with Q1 2017, but up 2 percent year over year.

Details Leak on Intel's Upcoming Ice Lake CPU, 10nm Schedule

Details Leak on Intel's Upcoming Ice Lake CPU, 10nm Schedule The new, 10nm chip will be codenamed Ice Lake and isn’t expected to debut until after Coffee Lake, which is expected to launch later this year on the 14nm++ process.Right now, it looks as if Intel will introduce 10nm parts (codenamed Cannon Lake) only in 2018.

Leaked Intel Slide Reveals Coffee Lake CPU Lineup

Leaked Intel Slide Reveals Coffee Lake CPU Lineup A leaked slide from China has confirmed much of the speculation we’ve heard about Intel’s upcoming Coffee Lake.The graph below is, as best I can tell, understood in the following way: The horizontal lines between the two columns of CPU shows performance improvements in single-thread and multi-thread applications.