Items tagged with TSMC

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...
A Taiwanese footwear brand known for its award-winning designs and eco-friendly initiatives has become the first company to start making shoes using recycled silicon waste. How does one incorporate rigid material like silicon into flexible footwear, you might ask? Read on. Taiwan-based Ccilu (pronounced “chee-loo,”... Read more...
The launch of the Ryzen 3000 series in 2019 led not just to a dramatic rise in the performance of AMD CPUs, but also temperatures. Since then, it hasn't gotten any better—the latest Ryzen 7000 series has even pushed the normal operating temperature to 95C, so that the flagship Ryzen 9 7900X and 7950X could run at full... Read more...
A major part of Intel's chip dominance over the last 30 years has been its bleeding-edge process technology. For decades the company was ahead of everyone else in fabrication, and this often gave its architectures superior performance simply on the basis of physics. That's not to discredit the hard work of Intel's... Read more...
Both TSMC and Samsung have recently launched their 3nm processes, and the first products using these nodes have already hit the shelves. These include Apple's A17 iPhone chip fabbed at TSMC and two cryptocurrency mining ASICs at Samsung. New process nodes tend to initially have poor yields, and this is what happened... Read more...
Unlike many computing trends, AI has practical purposes, so it has stuck around beyond the initial fad period. People are using AI for anything and everything, even when it isn't particularly-suited for the task. (Note that all of our articles are written by humans!) If you want to run large AI models like GPT-4, you... Read more...
The world’s largest contract chipmaker is coming to Europe with a large $11bn semiconductor plant planned to open by the end of 2027. Today, TSMC announced that it will set up its third manufacturing center outside of its home turf at a site in Dresden, Germany. The new 300mm / 12-inch fab will be funded by TSMC... Read more...
Are Intel's Arc GPUs dead? After all, we heard that rumor before we even had Alchemist GPUs in hand, and after the lukewarm reception that Intel's graphics products have received, as well as the departure of the father of Xe himself, Raja Koduri, surely Intel is going to can the product line? Of course not. The... Read more...
It's kind of ironic, but one of the main drivers of improved computer performance is in fact... improved computer performance. To design ever-faster chips, you need ever-faster chips, and that's true at several layers of the processor design process. At the very beginning, when actually creating these chips, companies... Read more...
Folks who follow technology news—probably you, if you're reading this—will no doubt be aware that the United States' federal government has allocated some $52 billion to promote microprocessor manufacturing inside the country. This money is being split between a few companies, but two of the biggest are both building... Read more...
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo recently delivered a speech at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service recently on the importance of the CHIPS Act and its long-term vision for America. Raimondo opened the speech by listing other historic investments past presidents have made, including President... Read more...
The spot price of 6-, 8-, and 12-inch silicon wafers has fallen for the first time in three years. Taiwanese business journal UDN notes that this is the first dip in wafer pricing since the start of the epidemic. These prepared silicon wafer blanks from businesses such as Global Wafers, Wafer Works and others are now... 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...
According to Chinese-language site MyDrivers, the famed leather jacket aficionado (who also happens to be the CEO of NVIDIA) Jensen Huang recently returned from a trip to Taiwan. While there, he reportedly visited TSMC to ensure that his company would be among the first to have access to the foundry's 3nm process when... Read more...
Reports published by Chinese language computer media indicate that NVIDIA is re-prioritizing its GPU orders. According to unverified sources, it is claimed that NVIDIA is shifting its production mix in favor of enterprise GPUs. Specifically, it will be asking TSMC to produce more Hopper architecture H100 (GH100) GPUs... 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...
TSMC foundries will begin mass production of the first 3nm chips for its customers in September, according to industry reports from Taiwan. The world’s largest contract chipmaker has completed the R&D and trial production for what it refers to as its N3 process. It is expected to significantly ramp up N3 production... Read more...
Tensions between China and Taiwan have some concerned an invasion could render the most-advanced chip factory in the world "not operable." TSMC Chair Mark Liu emphasized in a recent interview, "The war brings no winners, everybody's losers." U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late... 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...
The big unveil at Apple's WWDC 2022 event earlier this week was its next-generation M2 processor. Apple introduced a base variant, not a flagship slice of silicon, though speedier versions will inevitably come at some point. The first of those, a presumed M2 Pro model, could arrive relatively soon if the latest... Read more...
Regular HotHardware readers may recall us reporting last summer that Intel had supposedly stolen a march on AMD by snatching up all of TSMC's 3nm chip capacity. Obviously, the foundry can only produce so many chips in a given time frame, and reportedly, Intel was paying top dollar for first dibs on the bleeding-edge... Read more...
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