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New York Shows How To Publicly Fund Fabs

Europe, sweating a little over how to fund chip manufacturing, should look across the pond. A public-private funding deal will see New York State pay for the building of a fab designed to an AMS spec with AMS leasing and operating the fab for 20 years. The beauty of…

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Three Good Years For Equipment

Three good years for semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales are projected by SEMI. SEMI forecasts that the semiconductor equipment market will grow 7% in 2015 to reach $40.2 billion and expand another 4% in 2016 to reach $41.8 billion. Last year it grew 18%. Regionally, the spend will be…

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GloFo's 22nm FD-SOI

GloFo has launched a 22nm FD-SOI process called 22FDX which claims to deliver ‘finfet-like performance and energy-efficiency at a cost comparable to 28nm planar technologies’. Target markets are IoT, mainstream mobile, RF connectivity and networking. While some applications require the ultimate performance of finfet transistors, most wireless…

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IBM makes 7nm IC

IBM, GloFo and Samsung have produced a 7nm test chip with functional transistors using SiGe and EUV. The chip was built at the IBM/SUNY (State University of New York) Polytechnic 300mm research facility in Albany, NY. The finfet transistors using SiGe in the channel. were fabricated using self-aligned…

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Intel Sinks To Third Place In Capex

Intel has sunk to third place in the capex league, reports Semico Research. For many years Intel used to say it was a generation or more ahead of the rest of the industry on process but, whereas Intel has stuck to its Moore’s Law cadence of doubling density every…

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Taiwan's Lock On Foundry Industry

Taiwan will account for 30% of the world’s spending on fab equipment this year, says SEMI. The island now has 21% of the world’s chip manufacturing capacity and 25% of the world’s 300mm capacity. This year Taiwan companies will spend $10.5 billion on fab equipment. Taiwan…

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Micron Aims For 'Low Volume' 32-Layer 3D NAND Production In H2.

Micron is to move into “low volume” production of a 32-layer 3D NAND device in the second half of this year. Next year Micron says it expects 3D NAND to be a “significant” percentage of its “trade NAND supply”. The device going into production this year will be a…

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Qualcomm, Imec Bring 14nm Technology To China

Imec, SMIC, Qualcomm and Huawei have formed a joint venture to bring 14nm process technology to China. The jv is called SMIC Advanced Technology and R&D (Shanghai) Corp. It is majority owned by SMIC. Imec, Qulacomm and Huawei are all minority shareholders. Imec will contribute the process know…

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Affordable Scaling Will Save Trillions

Affordable scaling is the key to the semiconductor industry, it was said at the Imec Technology Forum in Brussels. “If we are not getting scaling affordable there are trillions at stake,” ASML CEO Peter Wennink told the forum adding that he is an accountant not a technologist so he understands…

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Silicon Impulse

Despite ST saying it won’t develop 10nm FD-SOI processes, there is life in the old dog yet. CEA-Leti has taken up the job of creating and promoting an FD-SOI ecosystem with a programme called ‘Silicon Impulse’ to provide a design-to-mass production service for people…

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Japan's IVI To Counter Germany's Industrial 4.0

Today Japan Took the first step to forming a counter-standard to Germany’s Industrial 4.0 initiative to connect up businesses via the Internet. Earlier today, 30 Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi Electric, Fujitsu, Nissan Motor, and Panasonic, launched IVI – the Industrial Value Chain Initiative. Prime mover in IVI is…

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Eidec Resist Could Speed EUV By 10x

A highly sensitive resist which could speed up EUV production by 10x has been developed by Japan’s EUVL Infrastructure Development Centre (Eidec…

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Nanowire Transistors Will Scale To 5nm, says Asenov.

Nanowire transistors are the most likely successor to finfets and will scale to 5nm, says Professor Asen Asenov, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Glasgow University and CEO of Gold Standard Simulations (GSS) which specialises in the predictive simulation of nano-CMOS devices including statistical variability and reliability…

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