TSMC 28HPC Process in Volume Production

Hsinchu, Taiwan — TSMC today announced its 28-nanometer High Performance Compact (28HPC) process is in volume production, making it the most power- and cost-efficient solution among all 28-nanometer technologies in the foundry segment. The achievement of this milestone demonstrates TSMC’s commitment to providing industry-leading technology for customers looking to tap power and performance benefits in cost-effective SoC…

Fab Capacity Stretched: Uptick in Sight?

For an industry that’s been in the doldrums since the 2009 recession, the words “strained capacity at chip players across the industry” are, ironically, welcome. The electronics components market has enjoyed an extended period of ample supply, and only a shortage or an unexpected surge in demand will spur the market into proactive purchasing for…

Altera and Intel Expand Fab Pact

Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) and Intel Corporation today announced their collaboration on the development of multi-die devices that leverage Intel’s world-class package and assembly capabilities and Altera’s leading-edge programmable logic technology. The collaboration is an extension of the foundry relationship between Altera and Intel, in which Intel is manufacturing Altera’s Stratix® 10 FPGAs and SoCs…

TSMC Expects Q4 Hit from Weak Smartphone Sales

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., the world’s biggest contract manufacturer of wafers for chip vendors, is warning that its fourth quarter sales will be negatively impacted by a softening in demand for “certain high-end” smartphones. The foundry giant did not provide details about the devices or the manufacturers. In a statement reporting its third quarter…

Chip Foundry SMIC Adds eNVM Platform

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), China’s largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, today announced the availability of its diversifying eNVM (embedded Non-Volatile Memory) platform to provide highly differentiated technologies that address customer needs in low cost, low power, high performance, and high reliability for their product competitiveness. SMIC’s comprehensive eNVM platform…