Semiconductors

It took the semiconductor industry over a decade to prep everything needed for production of chips using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. It looks like it is going to take a lot less to reach the next level — EUV with High-NA. Higher Resolution Needed Nowadays the most advanced chips are made on 5/4-nm-class process using EUV lithography ASML's Twinscan NXE:3400C (and similar) systems that feature a 0.33 numerical aperture (NA) optics, which provides a 13 nm resolution. This resolution is good enough for a single-pattern approach at 7 nm/6 nm nodes with 36 nm ~ 38 nm pitches and at 5nm with 30 nm ~ 32 nm pitches. But as pitches get below 30 nm (at beyond 5 nm nodes) the 13 nm resolution might call...

GlobalFoundries to Expand Capacities, Build a Fab in China

GlobalFoundries has announced plans to expand manufacturing capacities for its leading edge and mainstream production technologies in the U.S., Germany and Singapore. After the upgrades of the fabs are...

49 by Anton Shilov on 2/11/2017

Intel to Equip Fab 42 for 7 nm

Intel this week announced plans to bring its Fab 42 online to produce semiconductors using a 7 nm fabrication process. It will take three to four years, and the...

24 by Anton Shilov on 2/9/2017

Samsung Foundry Announces 10nm SoC In Mass-Production

Today Samsung announced mass production of a SoC built on its third-generation 10nm "10LPE" manufacturing node. It was only this January that Samsung announced mass production of its 14LPP...

92 by Andrei Frumusanu on 10/17/2016

GlobalFoundries Updates Roadmap: 7 nm in 2H 2018, EUV Sooner Than Later?

GlobalFoundries recently announced the first details about its next generation 7 nm manufacturing technology, which is being developed in-house, and revealed plans to start production of chips using the...

76 by Anton Shilov on 10/3/2016

ARM Announces 10FF "Artemis" Test Chip

Today in collaboration with TSMC, ARM's physical IP division is announcing the tapeout of a 10nm test chip demonstrating the company's readiness for the new manufacturing process. The new...

24 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/18/2016

Samsung Foundry Updates: 7nm EUV, 10LPP, and 14LPC

Earlier this week, Samsung announced a number of updates on the foundry side of their business. While process technology might not be necessarily as interesting as the actual end...

54 by Joshua Ho on 4/22/2016

EUV Lithography Makes Good Progress, Still Not Ready for Prime Time

At the recent annual SPIE Advanced Lithography conference, Intel, TSMC and other leading semiconductor companies said that significant strides have been made in extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) over the...

38 by Anton Shilov on 3/10/2016

Samsung Announces Second-Gen 14nm Low Power Plus (14LPP) Process Now In Mass Production

Today Samsung Semiconductor officialy announces mass production for its second generation 14nm FinFET manufacturing node. Early last year we saw Samsung announce mass production of its first generation FinFET...

32 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/14/2016

The Samsung Exynos 7420 Deep Dive - Inside A Modern 14nm SoC

Over the past few years it’s been somewhat expected tradition for Samsung Electronics to employ a strategy of multi-sourcing the SoC for their mobile devices. Most notably it’s on...

114 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/29/2015

Nantero Exits Stealth: Using Carbon Nanotubes for Non-Volatile Memory with DRAM Performance & Unlimited Endurance

The race for next generation non-volatile memory technology is already on at full throttle. We covered Crossbar’s ReRAM announcement last year and last week a very exciting company with...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 6/11/2015

Avago Acquires Broadcom Corporation For $37 Billion

Today Avago Technologies announced their acquisition of Broadcom for 17 billion dollars in cash and 20 billion dollars worth of Avago shares. This will leave Broadcom shareholders with 32%...

33 by Brandon Chester on 5/28/2015

GlobalFoundries Acquires IBM’s Semiconductor Manufacturing Business; IBM Bows Out

The history of the semiconductor manufacturing business is both a story of great success and great failure. On the one hand semiconductor manufacturing has allowed the creation of devices...

31 by Ryan Smith on 10/20/2014

An Introduction to Semiconductor Physics, Technology, and Industry

Learning about semiconductor physics and technology can be a daunting task. While it’s easy enough to understand what a transistor does and some of the terminology thrown around, getting...

77 by Joshua Ho on 10/9/2014

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