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Much has been written about the death of Moore's Law. The "law"—more properly titled an "observation"—was created by one of Intel's founders, Gordon Moore. He noted that the number of components in an integrated circuit was roughly doubling every year, then later revised his observation to every two years in 1975... Read more...
Micron announced plans to invest big money—up to $100 billion—to build what it claims will be the largest semiconductor fabrication facility in the history of the United States. Incidentally, the announcement comes around nine months after Intel unveiled plans to build a mega-site in Ohio, which in time the company... Read more...
When producing silicon for use in semiconductor fabrication, manufacturers have to dope the silicon with phosphorous and then anneal the mixture to produce a material that can be turned into a working microchip. As chips get ever-smaller, more and more phosphorous is needed, and current methods can't take us past 3nm... Read more...
New research uses infrared light to transmit wireless power to devices nearly 100 feet away. The new laser charging system is aimed at offering safe, cordless power for mobile devices and sensors. Pretty much everyone has encountered a moment where their mobile device has run low on battery power and struggled... Read more...
As the chip shortage continues and tensions between China and Tawian rise, industry leaders and US lawmakers are looking to expand US semiconductor manufacturing capacity. Taiwan is home to the world’s largest chip maker, TSMC, but the firm’s foundry could disappear virtually overnight if China invades Taiwan to force... Read more...
Intel and MediaTek are taking their business relationship to the next level by forming a strategic chip making partnership. In an effort to diversify things on the manufacturing side, MediaTek is tapping Intel Foundry Services (IFS) to produce multiple chips for a range of smart edge devices using advanced process... Read more...
The prevalence of ransomware attacks is rising year-over-year at a rapid pace, with 2021 marking a doubling in the number of reported attacks over 2020. As ransomware attacks have become a prominent and lucrative form of cyberattack, a market has developed for cybercriminals to buy and sell ransomware. Some of these... Read more...
There is no definitive timeline on when precisely the chip shortage will end, only that it won't last forever. Huge investments (billions of dollars) are being made into factory upgrades and expansions, to hopefully avoid another situation like this one from playing out in the future. In the meantime, the situation is certainly improving, Read more...
Intel today cut the ribbon on a massive expansion to its leading-edge D1X factory located in Hillsboro, Oregon. It also announced a new name for the nearly 500-acre campus. Previously called Ronler Acres, this cutting edge development chip fab has now been anointed Gordon Moore Park at Ronler Acres in honor of Intel... Read more...
Imagine a next-generation GeForce RTX graphics card built around a GPU manufactured by Intel. Sounds farfetched, right? It's actually not. While nothing of the sort is imminent or on any current roadmap, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang was surprisingly upfront about the possibility during a recent question and answer... Read more...
An Intel senior executive remarked recently that Chinese CPU makers could become "strong rivals" to Intel in the next three to five years. The comments were made to Chinese media outlet, Guancha.cn. Intel has been very vocal about increasing its chip manufacturing footprint in both the US and Europe since the... Read more...
You have to spend money to make money, right? Intel continues to embrace the concept as part of its ongoing IDM 2.0 strategy, having today announced it is committing up to 80 billion euros (around $88 billion in US currency) over the next decade to bolster its chip manufacturing footprint in the European Union. To... Read more...
Intel doesn't have a long history of fabricating other people's processors, but the company has made it clear that it seeks to make that a major part of its business going forward. In case you missed it, Intel's Foundry Services (IFS) is accepting customers from around the globe, and the company will make chips with... Read more...
There's been a lot of moving and shaking in the silicon space over the past couple of weeks, the latest of which is Intel announcing it has agreed to acquired Tower Semiconductor for $53 per share in cash, which values the deal at approximately $5.4 billion. The hefty investment plays right into Intel's IDM 2.0... Read more...
Intel is making a few key major foundry moves to bolster its IDM 2.0 strategy, such as setting up a massive $1 billion innovation fund to support both early-stage startups and established companies that are engineering disruptive technologies in the semiconductor space. However, what is most surprising amid today's... Read more...
You might not of known there exists a place called Licking County, which based on a quick peek on Wikipedia is named after the Licking River, itself believed to be coined for the area's salt licks. Going forward, however, that location in Ohio will be recognizable as the home of Intel's biggest fab site as... Read more...
Nobody can accuse screen replacements of being inexpensive or easy to do. The panels must be produced in expensive micro fabrication facilities, by trained technicians, to exacting standards, sometimes using exotic materials. If a group from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has its way though, that could... Read more...
Samsung announced plans to build an advanced chip manufacturing plant in Taylor, Texas, which will create thousands of new jobs and expand its investment in the US. In fact, this will be Samsung's largest-ever investment in the US, with the total bill expected to be around $17 billion, including buildings, property... Read more...
The vast majority of Apple's product manufacturing takes place overseas, and mostly in China. Labor costs are cheaper in China than they are in the United States, and while Apple CEO Tim Cook contends that is not the reason why, we have to think it plays a role. Even if that was not the case, however, there are other... Read more...
Following the philosophy that it takes spending money to make money, Samsung Electronics announced plans to invest around 15.6 trillion won (around $14.7 billion in U.S. currency) to build a new chip manufacturing plant in South Korea. This qualifies as Samsung's biggest investment ever into a single semiconductor... Read more...
Perhaps the breakup between Apple and Samsung on the manufacturing side won't last all that long, after all. It was recently reported that Apple was reducing its reliance on Samsung by giving coveted chip orders to TSMC for its upcoming iPhone 6 and other mobile devices, but now there are mumblings in the media that... Read more...
It's no secret that companies like to outsource production to overseas markets where labor is cheap and labor laws are often lax, to put it nicely. That isn't about to change, though it's nice to see companies move at least some of their manufacturing operations to U.S. soil, such as Motorola did when it started building Moto X devices in... Read more...
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