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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.

Intel Can Now Mesh Different Process Nodes on the Same Chip

Intel Can Now Mesh Different Process Nodes on the Same Chip One constant of CPU manufacturing for decades has been that different components on the same die must share a common process node.At Hot Chips last week, however, the chip manufacturer showed off something different — a new packaging solution that offers an alternative to expensive 2.

The Movidius Myriad X VPU Packs a Custom Neural Compute Engine

The Movidius Myriad X VPU Packs a Custom Neural Compute Engine The Myriad 2 had 12 of these cores, as shown in the diagram below, while the Myriad X bumps that figure up to 16.But the Myriad X doesn’t just extend the architecture of the Myriad family; it also implements custom hardware specifically intended for neural network inferencing workloads.

Apple, Bain Swoop in With Last-Minute Bid on Toshiba's NAND Flash Business

Apple, Bain Swoop in With Last-Minute Bid on Toshiba's NAND Flash Business The company’s problems and nuclear construction delays have left it on the verge of bankruptcy, and the firm is looking to sell its NAND flash manufacturing unit to generate some much-needed capital.The most obvious buyer would be Western Digital, Toshiba’s partner on the joint unit, but battles between the two partners appear to have poisoned that particular well.

NAND Memory Caches Could Slash Data Center Power Consumption

NAND Memory Caches Could Slash Data Center Power Consumption The vast majority of databases use a similar architecture: DRAM cache servers are used to store the most common queries.And a new paper from MIT shows how NAND flash could be used within a key-value store caching server while matching or exceeding DRAM’s performance.

What Happened to the Tech Job Boom?

What Happened to the Tech Job Boom? Over that same 15-year period, the market value of the five largest tech companies grew from $1.Much has been said about the skills gap that tech firms cite as a limiting factor in hiring.

Rumor: Intel Has Pushed 10nm Cannon Lake Back to 2018

Rumor: Intel Has Pushed 10nm Cannon Lake Back to 2018 There are multiple reports Intel has pushed Cannon Lake back into 2018, though evidence is scant on the ground.And yes — we’ve compared the image hosted on PatentlyApple with the image Intel released six months ago.

Tesla Working With AMD on Self-Driving Car Processor

Tesla Working With AMD on Self-Driving Car Processor A self-driving vehicle win with a company as prominent as Tesla wouldn’t do much for AMD’s bottom line at this point, given Tesla’s low yearly volume, but it’s a potent PR win.One is that whatever AMD is building for Tesla is entirely separate from the technology Nvidia provides, and that the company intends to use both firms.

AMD Will Use 'New' GlobalFoundries 12nm Node for Future CPUs, GPUs

AMD Will Use 'New' GlobalFoundries 12nm Node for Future CPUs, GPUs At the GlobalFoundries Technology Conference this week, AMD’s CTO, Mark Papermaster, announced his firm would use GlobalFoundries’ new 12nm LP process node for upcoming products.The reason the company can do that, almost without question, is 12nm isn’t an actual process node by the old definition at all.

IBM z14 Mainframe CPUs to Use 14nm FinFET SOI Design

IBM z14 Mainframe CPUs to Use 14nm FinFET SOI Design When GlobalFoundries bought IBM’s semiconductor business two years ago, it signed a number of agreements to continue to manufacture IBM hardware and to provide facilities that would meet IBM’s manufacturing requirements.This week, the company announced that it would deploy a new 14nm FinFET process to build IBM’s z14 mainframe processors — and it’ll use SOI (silicon-on-insulator) as well.

Nvidia's CEO Declares Moore's Law Dead

Nvidia's CEO Declares Moore's Law Dead One of the topics we’ve repeatedly returned to here at ExtremeTech is the state of Moore’s Law and its long-term future.There’s no denying CPU performance improvements have been slow these past six years.

Liquid Nitrogen Drives 18-Core Core i9-7980XE Above 6GHz

Liquid Nitrogen Drives 18-Core Core i9-7980XE Above 6GHz 4GHz under full load, to keep power consumption at a manageable level.7x faster than what we logged in our own review–the reported power consumption of the system was over 1kW.

Apple Is Quietly Designing and Building Its Own Silicon Empire

Apple Is Quietly Designing and Building Its Own Silicon Empire By designing its own chips, Apple can better differentiate itself from others, said Mark Li, a Hong Kong-based analyst with Sanford C.Both Qualcomm and Intel sell Apple modems for its iPhones, and neither company is going to be excited at the idea of losing that business.