7nm

SMIC first started volume production of chips using its 14 nm FinFET fabrication process in Q4 2019. Since then, the company has been hard at work developing its next generation major node, which it's calling N+1. The technology has certain features that are comparable to competing 7 nm process technologies, but SMIC wants to make it clear that N+1 is not a 7 nm technology. When compared to SMIC’s 14 nm process technology, N+1 lowers power consumption by 57%, increases performance by 20%, and reduces logic area by up to 63%. While the process enables chip designers to make their SoCs smaller and more power efficient, its modest performance gains do not allow N+1 to compete against competitors' 7 nm technology and derivatives. To that...

HiSilicon Announces The Kirin 980: First A76, G76 on 7nm

This year at IFA, instead of suddenly finding the new silicon on the show floor, Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu announced this year’s new Kirin 980 during the company’s keynote...

119 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/31/2018

GlobalFoundries Stops All 7nm Development: Opts To Focus on Specialized Processes

GlobalFoundries on Monday announced an important strategy shift. The contract maker of semiconductors decided to cease development of bleeding edge manufacturing technologies and stop all work on its 7LP...

127 by Anton Shilov & Ian Cutress on 8/27/2018

Qualcomm Begins Sampling of 7nm Next-Gen SoC

Today Qualcomm is announcing that it has begun sampling its next generation Snapdragon SoC. The announcement is unusual as in the past we’ve never really had sampling announcements from...

18 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/22/2018

TSMC: Outbreak of Malware That Triggered Delays & Losses Caused by Software for New Tool

TSMC announced this week that it suffered a computer malware outbreak, resulting in a roughly 3 day outage for parts of the fab while systems were restored. As a...

42 by Anton Shilov on 8/9/2018

AMD “Rome” EPYC CPUs to Be Fabbed By TSMC

Along with AMD’s epic quarterly results that were announced yesterday afternoon, there was also an interesting nugget buried in the earnings call for the results. We’ve known for some...

32 by Ryan Smith on 7/26/2018

Arm and Samsung Extend Artisan POP IP Collaboration to 7LPP and 5LPE Nodes

Arm and Samsung Foundry this week announced plans to extend their collaboration to 7LPP and 5LPE process technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, Arm will offer Samsung Foundry...

17 by Anton Shilov on 7/6/2018

AMD Demos 7nm Vega GPU: Betting Big on Machine Learning for Radeon Instinct; Shipping This Year

In a fairly unexpected move, AMD formally demonstrated at Computex its previously-roadmapped 7nm-built Vega GPU. As per AMD's roadmaps on the subject, the chip will be used for AMD’s...

29 by Anton Shilov on 6/6/2018

GlobalFoundries Gives 7 nm Capacity Update, Mulls Skipping 5 nm

High-ranking executives of GlobalFoundries this month gave several updates concerning future plans of the contract maker of semiconductors. As it appears, in a bid to provide more tangible advantages...

19 by Anton Shilov on 5/31/2018

Samsung Foundry Roadmap: EUV-Based 7LPP for 2018, 3 nm Incoming

Samsung Foundry this week updated its fabrication technology roadmap, introducing a number of changes and announcing the first details about its 3 nm manufacturing process that is several years...

25 by Anton Shilov on 5/24/2018

Intel Delays Mass Production of 10 nm CPUs to 2019

Intel on Thursday announced that it would delay mass production of its 10 nm processors from 2018 to 2019 due to yield issues. The company has claimed to be...

156 by Anton Shilov on 4/27/2018

TSMC Kicks Off Volume Production of 7nm Chips

TSMC last week announced that it had started high volume production (HVM) of chips using their first-gen 7 nm (CLN7FF) process technology. The contract maker of semiconductors says it...

63 by Anton Shilov on 4/24/2018

Xilinx Announces Project Everest: The 7nm FPGA SoC Hybrid

This week Xilinx is making public its latest internal project for the next era of specialized computing. The new product line, called Project Everest in the interim, is based...

16 by Ian Cutress on 3/19/2018

Change of Strategy: A New GlobalFoundries CEO in Dr. Thomas Caulfield

In a surprising move, GlobalFoundries has announced that its CEO is stepping down. Sanjay Jha, who lead the world’s second largest foundry for four years, was in the past...

15 by Anton Shilov on 3/15/2018

The Future of Silicon: An Exclusive Interview with Dr. Gary Patton, CTO of GlobalFoundries

In our recent trip to GlobalFoundries Fab 8, its leading edge facility, we managed to spend some time with the C-level executive that controls the future of this part...

39 by Ian Cutress on 2/24/2018

The AnandTech Podcast, Episode 45: GlobalFoundries and Fab 8

In early February, GlobalFoundries did something completely unexpected: for the second time in ten years, they invited a few select press and analysts to visit one of their fabrication...

13 by Ian Cutress on 2/20/2018

AMD Tech Day at CES: 2018 Roadmap Revealed, with Ryzen APUs, Zen+ on 12nm, Vega on 7nm

Updated Feb 1st! To mark the start of the annual CES trade show, AMD invited the press in early to sample the latest technologies coming to its portfolio in 2018...

136 by Ian Cutress on 2/1/2018

Getting Radeon Vega Everywhere: An Exclusive Media Interview at AMD Tech Day, with CEO Dr. Lisa Su

In what is becoming an annual tradition, during AMD’s Tech Day here at CES we were given the opportunity to spend some time with Dr. Lisa Su, AMD’s CEO...

65 by Ian Cutress on 1/24/2018

AMD's Progress on Its 25x20 Goal: The Task Ahead

When AMD announced it was creating the new high-performance Zen core, they set a lofty goal. They wanted to produce products that offered 25x the relative efficiency (performance per...

20 by Ian Cutress on 10/26/2017

TSMC Teams Up with ARM and Cadence to Build 7nm Data Center Test Chips in Q1 2018

TSMC has announced plans to build its first test chips for data center applications using its 7 nm fabrication technology. The chip will use compute cores from ARM, a...

12 by Anton Shilov on 9/14/2017

GlobalFoundries Details 7 nm Plans: Three Generations, 700 mm², HVM in 2018

Keeping an eye on the ever-evolving world of silicon lithography, GlobalFoundries has recently disclosed additional details about its 7 nm generation of process technologies. As announced last September, the...

76 by Anton Shilov on 6/23/2017

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