IBM Designates UMC to Make Its 20nm FinFET Chips

Intel went FinFET (or tri-gate transistors as they call them) at 22nm with Ivy Bridge, and now the #1 foundry, TSMC, and the #2 foundry, UMC, will also go to FinFET for... the next gen 20 nm process. However, mass production of 20nm ARM chips will probably not happen until 2014, considering 28nm is barely here in 2012, and it usually takes 2 years for the new process t...

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TSMC is the largest foundry in the world, and it’s usually the main company that Nvidia, Qualcomm and others turn to when they want their chips manufactured. As an IP vendor, ARM has to... work close with TSMC, much earlier than their IP clients, so they can prepare everything for the transition to the new chip architectures and the new process technologies.

While we’re curr...

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By now, we all know that Qualcomm has trouble satisfying the high demand for its S4 processors, which come integrated with LTE. The Snapdragon S4 is the only chip with this feature, so most... manufacturers that want to launch their phones in the USA right now have no choice but to go with Qualcomm. That includes even Samsung and their Galaxy S3 phone, although Samsung makes its own chips...

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According to the Chinese Commercial Times (quoted by Digitimes), Qualcomm has struck a deal with Taiwan’s United Microelectronics for manufacturing 28nm Snapdragon S4 systems on a chip (SOC). If... the paper is to be believed, UMC will start volume production during Q4 2012, and is expected to manufacture 3000-5000 wafers for Qualcomm during the quarter.

This news comes of no surprise, a...

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Qualcomm is the biggest chip supplier right now in the Android smartphone market, in part because its Snapdragon CPU became very popular thanks to the Nexus One and... HTC’s phones back in 2010, and thanks to the fact that they are the biggest supplier for low-end smartphones as well. Add to that the fact that S4 supply can’t even satisfy demand this year...

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The Snapdragon S4 processor was made at 28nm, and since 28nm is a brand new process for Global Foundries (Qualcomm’s main foundry) and also for TSMC, which means that some unexpected issues... may appear, or their planned production is much smaller than anticipated. This has already led to phones that were supposed to have the S4 processor, like the One S, to only get an S3 processor (although c...

ARM TSMC Cortex A9

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, has recently announced that it now has the ability to manufacture dual-core Cortex-A9... processors clocked at no less than 3.1GHz. This is possible thanks to a new 28 nm technology called HPM (for High Performance Mobile Computing), a combination of the 28HP technology that TSMC uses to m...