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Although the pace of Moore's Law has undeniably slackened in the last decade, transistor density is still increasing with every new process technology. But there is a challenge with feeding power to smaller transistors, as with the smaller transistors comes thinner power wires within the chip, which increases their resistance and may cause yield loss. Looking to combat that effect, this week Applied Materials introduced its new Applied Endura Copper Barrier Seed IMS with Volta Ruthenium Copper Vapor Deposition (CVD) tool, which enables chipmakers to keep using copper for wiring with 2 nm-class and more advanced process technologies. Today's advanced logic processors have about 20 layers of metal, with thin signal wires and thicker power wires. Scaling down wiring with shrinking transistors presents numerous challenges...

Arm Unveils 2024 CPU Core Designs, Cortex X925, A725 and A520: Arm v9.2 Redefined For 3nm

As the semiconductor industry continues to evolve, Arm stands at the forefront of innovation for its core and IP architecture, especially in the mobile space, by pushing the boundaries...

55 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/29/2024

TSMC's Roadmap at a Glance: N3X, N2P, A16 Coming in 2025/2026

As announced last week by TSMC, later this year the company is set to start high-volume manufacturing on its N3P fabrication process, and this will be the company's most...

47 by Anton Shilov on 5/22/2024

TSMC: Performance-Optimized 3nm N3P Process on Track for Mass Production This Year

As part of the second leg of TSMC's spring technology symposium series, the company offered an update on the state of its 3nm-class processes, both current and future. Building...

21 by Anton Shilov on 5/15/2024

Samsung Tapes Out Its First 3nm Smartphone SoC, Gets A Boost From Synopsys AI-Enabled Tools

This week Samsung Electronics and Synopsys announced that Samsung has taped out its first mobile system-on-chip on Samsung Foundry's 3nm gate-all-around (GAA) process technology. The announcement, coming from electronic...

8 by Anton Shilov on 5/3/2024

Samsung Foundry Update: 2nm Unveil in June, Second-Gen SF3 3nm Hits Production This Year

As part of Samsung's Q1 earnings announcement, the company has outlined some of its foundry unit's key plans for the rest of the year. The company has confirmed that...

4 by Anton Shilov on 5/1/2024

TSMC Posts Q1'24 Results: 3nm Revenue Share Drops Steeply, but HPC Share Rises

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. this week released its financial results for Q1 2024. Due to a rebound in demand for semiconductors, the company garned $18.87 billion in revenue for...

11 by Anton Shilov on 4/19/2024

TSMC to Receive $6.6B Under US CHIPS Act, Set to Build 2nm Fab in Arizona

TSMC has entered into a preliminary agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce, securing up to $6.6 billion in direct funding and access to up to $5 billion in...

23 by Anton Shilov on 4/8/2024

TSMC Posts Q4'23 Earnings: 3nm Revenue Share Jumps to 15%, 5nm Overtakes 7nm For 2023

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. released its Q4'2023 and full year 2023 financial results this week. And along with a look at the financial state of the firm as it...

2 by Anton Shilov on 1/19/2024

Samsung's Next-Gen 3nm and 4nm Nodes on Track for Mass Production in 2H 2024

Samsung is set to start making chips using its 2nd Generation 3nm-class (SF3) manufacturing technology as well as performance-enhanced version of its 4nm-class (SF4X) fabrication process in the second...

9 by Anton Shilov on 11/2/2023

TSMC Q3 Earnings: 3nm Production Node Accounts for 6% of Revenue

Although Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. formally started production of chips using its N3 (3nm-class) process technology back in late 2022, the company did not recognize any meaningful N3 revenue...

7 by Anton Shilov on 10/19/2023

Samsung Lines Up First Server Customer For 3nm Fabs

Although Samsung Foundry was the first contract fab to formally start mass production of chips on a 3 nm-class process, so far, the company's latest process has largely been...

5 by Anton Shilov on 10/12/2023

TSMC: Importance of Open Innovation Platform Is Growing, Collaboration Needed for Next-Gen Chips

This year TSMC is commemorating 15 years of its Open Innovation Platform, a multi-faceted program that brings together the foundry's suppliers, partners, and customers to help TSMC's customers better...

4 by Anton Shilov on 10/12/2023

Dozens of Companies Adopt TSMC's 3nm Process Technology

Designing chips for modern, leading-edge manufacturing technologies is an expensive endeavor. Still, dozens of companies have already adopted TSMCs N3 and N3E (3 nm-class) fabrication processes, according to disclosures...

9 by Anton Shilov on 7/28/2023

Samsung Begins to Produce Third 3nm Chip Amid Massive Losses On DRAM & NAND

Samsung this week reported their financial results for the second quarter of 2023, closing the book on an especially bleak quarter of the year with a massive $3.4 billion...

14 by Anton Shilov on 7/28/2023

TSMC: 3nm Chips for Smartphones and HPCs Coming This Year

While TSMC formally started mass production of chips on its N3 (3nm-class) process technology late last year, the company is set to finally ship the first revenue wafers in...

21 by Anton Shilov on 7/21/2023

Samsung Shipping First GAAFET Silicon; 3nm and 4nm Yields Are Improving - Report

Currently, only two foundries offer their customers 3 nm and 4 nm-class process technologies: TSMC and Samsung Foundry. But business media sometimes blames Samsung Foundry for mediocre yields on...

5 by Anton Shilov on 7/18/2023

Samsung Updates Foundry Roadmap: 2nm in 2025, 1.4nm in 2027

Samsung Foundry revealed its latest process technology roadmap today at its annual Samsung Foundry Forum (SFF) 2023. The company's SF2 (2 nm-class) production node is on track for 2025...

4 by Anton Shilov on 6/27/2023

Samsung to Unveil Refined 3nm and Performance-Enhanced 4nm Nodes at VLSI Symposium

Samsung Foundry is set to detail its second generation 3 nm-class fabrication technology as well as its performance-enhanced 4 nm-class manufacturing process at the upcoming upcoming 2023 Symposium on...

3 by Anton Shilov on 5/10/2023

Samsung Foundry Vows to Surpass TSMC Within Five Years

The head of Samsung's semiconductor unit acknowledged last week that the company's current mass production, leading-edge process technologies are a couple of years behind TSMC's most advanced production nodes...

18 by Anton Shilov on 5/8/2023

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