Category Archives: Wafer and Foundries

300mm Silicon Wafers Market Overview

December 19, 2016, anysilicon


Prior to 2008, the 200mm silicon wafer was used in more cases for manufacturing ICs than any other wafer size. However, since 2008, the majority of IC fabrication has taken place on 300mm silicon wafers.  Rankings of silicon manufacturers by installed capacity for each of the wafer sizes are shown

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Samsung Likely to Spin off Foundry Business Division

December 15, 2016, anysilicon

According to Business Korea Samsung Electronics is considering a reorganization of the System LSI division in order to systematically grow the system semiconductor business. The company is planning to separate the design and manufacturing sectors in the business unit and divide or spin off it to fabless and foundry business

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Samsung to produce all the Snapdragon 830 chips on a 10nm process

November 21, 2016, anysilicon


Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM)  today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI),  and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., have extended their decade-long strategic foundry collaboration to manufacture Qualcomm Technologies’ latest Snapdragon premium processor, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835, with Samsung’s 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology.
The decision to use Samsung’s cutting

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The silicon photonics industry is ready for take-off. Objective: a multibillion dollar market

November 08, 2016, anysilicon


Datacenters with few other emerging applications will become a multibillion dollar market for silicon photonics by 2025. Transporting high level of data with existing technologies will soon reach its limit and photons will continue replacing step by step electrons throughout networks. Growing investments made by VCs have been identified by

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Austria’s ams acquires Heptagon become a worldwide leader in optical sensing

October 25, 2016, anysilicon

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Premstaetten, Austria (24 October 2016) – ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide manufacturer of high performance sensor and analog solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Heptagon, the worldwide leader in high performance optical packaging and micro-optics. With this transaction, ams becomes the

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Number of 300mm Wafer Foundries Increases

October 07, 2016, anysilicon


Enormous financial and technology hurdles continue to plague the development of 450mm wafers. Ambitious goals to put 450mm wafers to use have been scaled back.  IC manufacturers are instead maximizing their manufacturing efficiency using 300mm and 200mm wafers.  IC Insights’ Global Wafer Capacity 2016-2020 report shows that

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