Category Archives: Wafer and Foundries

GlobalFoundries rumored to be acquired by the Chinese

September 15, 2015, anysilicon


GlobalFoundries is probably doing something right because China has set its eyes on GlobalFoundries with rumors of a possible imminent acquisition. Indeed, thanks to several strategical decisions, GlobalFoundries is offering today a unique portfolio, both CMOS and SiGe processes, cutting-end technology (14nm and 22FDSOI) and a global semiconductor manufacturing footprint.
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SMIC is catching up on 28nm

September 03, 2015, anysilicon

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China’s largest semiconductor foundry has successfully manufactured Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 processors using its 28nm technology.
The news came directly from the president of Qualcomm Incorporated, Derek Aberle, and Dr. Zixue Zhou, Chairman of SMIC, the company that just one year ago was announcing the collaboration with Qualcomm Technology.
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Smart phone and automotive application is creating demand for image sensor

September 01, 2015, anysilicon


Image sensor, in today’s world, has become an important component for many devices that we use in our daily life. Smart phone and tablets are one of the most important devices that are used. The growing popularity of sharing photos over social media through mobile phones instead of carrying camera

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UMC Expects Wafer Shipment to Drop

August 05, 2015, anysilicon


UMC’s CEO, Po-Wen Yen, confirmed the drop of 5% on wafer shipment performance for the third quarter of 2015. The CEO justified this forecast  by referring to a restricted market visibility and to weaknesses in the demand due to the uncertain economic environment. Not only, Po-Wen-Yen mentioned also the inventory

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Intel is in trouble…but so are TSMC and Samsung

July 29, 2015, anysilicon


I recently read an interesting article “Intel’s cost cuts could give rivals higher ground: analysts” where the analysis claims that Intel Corp’s move to delay the launch of its next generation chip technology to 2017 may see the company lose ground to rivals Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co and Samsung Electronics

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TSMC slashes 20nm and 28nm pricing by up to 10%

July 17, 2015, anysilicon


Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has dropped its prices on 28nm and 20nm process technologies by 5-10% in hopes to secure additional orders from major companies which includes Qualcomm and MediaTek, according to DigiTimes. However, the reaction of 28nm prices will most likely affect AMD and Nvidia positively, who are

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