Items tagged with semiconductors

TSMC and Samsung are making moves to secure customers for their second generation 3nm chips, in a race to become the top chip manufacturer in the world. The company that can win over prospective clients such as NVIDIA and AMD will have a leg up in securing the top spot. According to a report in The Chosun Daily... Read more...
While not exactly a stunning turn of events, Samsung is no longer the word's top semiconductor vendor, as ranked by revenue. That distinction now belongs to Intel, which regained the crown at the end of 2023 after settling for second place for the previous two years—Intel raked in $48.7 billion in semiconductor... Read more...
Samsung’s semiconductor facility in Taylor, Texas is officially delayed until 2025. There are several reasons why the Korean company has hit this setback, including difficulties in obtaining permits and receiving subsidies from the U.S. government. Economic conditions also appear to be playing a role in the decision... Read more...
The State of New York is allocating $10 billion in a new partnership with various semiconductor companies such as IBM, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, and Micron. The goal is to establish a research and development center at NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex that will work on next-generation semiconductors... Read more...
Intel announced it is advancing its semiconductor technology facilities at its Gordon Moore Park campus in Hillsboro, Oregon. The chip maker views the expansion as an important step towards regaining process technology leadership by 2025, which has been one of Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger's main goals when he returned to... Read more...
Intel is hard at work executing on its IDM 2.0 strategy, with a stated goal to deliver five process node advancements in four years. The company recently brought us and other members of the tech press out to its facilities in Malaysia to see its progress first-hand. Intel has several factories in Penang and Kulim... Read more...
Intel continues to invest big money in seeing through its IDM 2.0 strategy that Pat Gelsinger laid out not long after returning to the chip firm as its chief executive officer in 2021. Having already committed to billions of dollars in chip fab investments since his return, Intel this week announced it has signed a... Read more...
Intel is resetting its dividend policy with its first cut in over two decades. It's a significant one with the quarterly dividend getting slashed more than 65 percent, from 36 cents to 12.5 cents per share (or 50 cents annually). In broader terms, this will save Intel around $4 billion in payments to shareholders this... Read more...
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is ramping up its efforts to increase chip production on US soil, and it has plenty of support from both the White House and major wafer customers, including AMD, Apple, and NVIDIA. As part of those efforts, TSMC is more than tripling its initial investment of $12... Read more...
The world’s largest contract chip manufacturer, Taiwan’s TSMC, is ready to start construction of its first 1nm semiconductor production facility. It is estimated that to execute its plans, TSMC will invest a sum of approximately $32B in the Longtan district of Taoyuan county, Taiwan. In other recent TSMC news... Read more...
After the US Government denylisted and removed Huawei products from its infrastructure, the company has been effectively cut off from American semiconductors and general commerce. However, the company may have found a way to sidestep the three-year-old problem by spooling up its own fabs. In 2019, the Central... Read more...
Samsung has shared a new foundry services roadmap, plotting a course from its existing 3nm technology, through 2nm, to 1.4nm semiconductor mass production. According to the South Korean tech giant, these significant steps will take place over the next five years. Samsung started mass production 3nm mass production... 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...
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...
Following its latest earnings report, shares of Microsoft stock jumped by as much as 5 percent in pre-market trading leading up to today's opening bell. This despite Microsoft attributing a negative impact on Windows OEM revenue, which fell 2 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, to what it deemed a... 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...
Samsung has shared a massive spending proposal with the Texas Controller's office that could see the South Korean electronics giant invest $200 billion over the next couple of decades on a dozen new chip manufacturing plants. Interestingly enough, the proposal comes shortly ahead of a key vote on the US CHIPS Act... Read more...
TSMC revealed some key details about its upcoming nodes during its 2022 North America Technology Symposium, including its 3-nanometer roadmap and what's in store for its 2-nanometer process. Beyond the technical details, what's interesting about all this is seeing TSMC going on the offensive, so to speak, about it... 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...
Things are finally starting to look up in the PC space. You can actually find graphics cards in stock and selling for close to MSRP (and in some cases, not a penny over a particular SKU's list price), and there have been some fantastic CPU deals from both AMD and Intel. Is it just a temporary moment of bliss... Read more...
The first quarter of 2022 is in the books at Intel and it was an overall big one, especially within its data center and Intel Foundry Services (IFS) businesses. The former raked in $6 billion, representing a hefty 22 percent year-over-year gain, while the latter skyrocketed 175 percent from the same quarter a year ago... Read more...
The computer chip shortage has been a topic of much discussion over the past year and more as GPU prices have shot through the roof and entire lots of newly built cars sit awaiting microcontrollers. Both governments and companies alike are taking measures to increase semiconductor production capacity in light of high... Read more...
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