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Samsung's new Line-16 memory semiconductor fabrication facility is now fully operational, the chip maker announced at its Nano City Complex in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, where the fab is located. According to Samsung, Line-16 is the industry's largest memory fab in the world. Samsung wasted no time in putting its plant to use and has already started mass producing the industry's first 20nm-class DDR3 memory modules. "The global semiconductor industry is in a period of fierce cyclical volatility, so the opening of this new memory fab and the start of mass production of the world's first 20nm-class... Read more...
It was only a year ago that Globalfoundries announced plans for a major global capacity expansion. And now? Globalfoundries today said it's ready to start moving 300mm semiconductor wafer fabrication equipment into its newly constructed cleanrooms in New York and Dresden. The technical term for this milestone is called "Ready for Equipment," which is just what it sounds like and signifies that these two plants are ready to move from the construction phase to the operations phase. "At Globalfoundries, we continue to invest aggressively in driving sustained growth on advanced technologies," said... Read more...
Intel announced a major technology shift today in a move that fundamentally changes how the company will build transistors in the years to come. Starting with Ivy Bridge, Intel is adopting what it calls Tri-Gate (3D) transistors. Up to this point, Intel has relied on conventional bulk silicon, but its ability to scale this base technology is coming to an end. As processes shrink, it's become increasingly difficult to prevent current leakage. "For years we have seen limits to how small transistors can get," said Gordon E. Moore.  "This change in the basic structure is a truly revolutionary... Read more...
It took longer than most power users would have liked for Nvidia's GF100 architecture to show up on retail shelves, and part of the reason for that can be traced back to manufacturing issues at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the chip maker producing Fermi parts for Nvidia. This isn't something Nvidia has wanted to talk a whole lot about, but according to recent statements made by David White, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Nvidia, things are starting to improve. "Supply constraints are finally easing," White explained during a quarterly conference call... Read more...
ARM AND GLOBALFOUNDRIES ESTABLISH A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO ENABLE APPLICATION OPTIMIZED SOC PRODUCTS ON 28NM HIGHK METAL GATE (HKMG) PROCESSRelationship leverages synergies between ARM’s leading low power processor architecture, optimized physical IP and partner Eco-system with GLOBALFOUNDRIES advanced technology, design and manufacturing excellence. CAMBRIDGE, UK – October 6, 2009 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH)] and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announces a long-term strategic relationship to provide their mutual customers with an innovative SoC enablement program.   To support the long-term... Read more...
During AMD's conference call last week, company CEO Dirk Meyer stated that he expected Global Foundries to announce its first customer "within 30 days." We now know that first customer will be STMicroelectronics, which is a major semiconductor player and manufacturer in its own right. Global Foundries has stated that it will partner with ST to produce products based on 40nm Low Power (LP) bulk silicon. Electronics built using LP silicon are typically used in devices where minimal power consumption is paramount, including cell phones, application processors, and other handheld devices. “With the... Read more...
Global Foundries Calls for Renewed Focus on 300mm Manufacturing Innovation- At SEMICON West, the new leading-edge semiconductor foundry describes the need for increasing efficiency and minimizing waste in the 300mm manufacturing process - SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 14, 2009 – In its effort to meet the ever-increasing demands of consumer technology, the semiconductor industry has long been preoccupied with smaller transistors and larger silicon wafers. While these are important tactics, opportunities for increasing efficiency, becoming more agile, and minimizing waste are often overlooked in manufacturing... Read more...
Global Foundries Appoints Head of Enterprise Quality, Completes Senior Leadership Team- Foundry industry expert to drive maximum quality and process improvement for customers as company positions for long-term success as an independent leading-edge foundry - SUNNYVALE, CA – July 7, 2009 – GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the appointment of Ron Dickinson as vice president of enterprise quality. The appointment marks the completion of the senior management team, cementing a strong leadership base to support the long-term growth and success of GLOBALFOUNDRIES as it aims to reshape the foundry landscape.... Read more...
GLOBAL FOUNDRIES Details Advanced Technology Aimed at 22nm and Beyond- At VLSI 2009, engineers describe new technique to continue scaling in HKMG transistors - SUNNYVALE, CA and KYOTO, JAPAN – June 16, 2009 – GLOBALFOUNDRIES today described an innovative technology that could overcome one of the key hurdles to advancing high-k metal gate (HKMG) transistors, bringing the industry one step closer to the next generation of mobile devices with more computing power and vastly improved battery life. The semiconductor industry is celebrated for overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to continue the... Read more...
T-RAM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES enter into Joint Development Agreement for application of T-RAM’s Thyristor-RAM embedded memory to advanced technology nodes MILPITAS, Calif. - T-RAM Semiconductor Inc. (T-RAM) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced today that they have entered into a joint development agreement targeted toward the application of T-RAM’s Thyristor-RAM embedded memory to advanced technology nodes.According to Gregg Bartlett, Senior Vice President of Technology and R&D at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, “We are pleased to be jointly developing T-RAM memory for 32nm and 22nm technologies. T-RAM’s embedded memory... Read more...
Early last week, we spent a day or so with a number of representatives from Global Foundries, learning about the company's plans for a new fab that will be built in upstate New York. The name Global Foundries may be unfamiliar to many of you, but the company's origins may not. If you remember back to October 2008, AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi announced the creation of a leading-edge global semiconductor manufacturing company, born from AMD's existing fabrication infrastructure. That company officially became Global Foundries on March 2 of this year.... Read more...
Intel, TSMC Reach Agreement to Collaborate on Technology Platform, IP Infrastructure, SoC SolutionsIntel to port Atom CPU cores to TSMC’s technology platform to expand market for Atom Processors SoC Customers Santa Clara, CA & Hsin-chu, Taiwan, March 2, 2009 – Intel Corporation and TSMC today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on addressing technology platform, intellectual property (IP) infrastructure, and System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions. Under the MOU, Intel would port its Atom processor CPU cores to the TSMC technology platform including processes, IP, libraries,... Read more...
Now this is interesting.  We've seen this coming for a long while here in the US, at least those of us that pay attention to such things relative to the world economy.  It seems as though, after years and years of prosperity as the worlds foremost manufacturing super-power, China or more specifically Chinese workers are no longer the most cost efficient workforce to employ.  "Made In China" may go the way of "Made In The USA", someday soon... "China has become a victim of its own success," sighs Peter Tan, president and managing director of Flextronics in... Read more...
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