China's SMIC To Build a GigaFab for $8.87B: An Answer to the Shortages

As a result of being on the US Entity list, SMIC's blacklisting has caused troubles in the company developing and deploying leading-edge fabrication technologies. As a result, it has...

22 by Anton Shilov on 9/6/2021

Samsung: Deployment of 3nm GAE Node on Track for 2022

Samsung Foundry has made some changes to its plans concerning its 3 nm-class process technologies that use gate-all-around (GAA) transistors, or what Samsung calls its multi-bridge channel field-effect transistors...

32 by Anton Shilov on 7/9/2021

Seagate Signs HAMR Deal with Showa Denko: Secures Second Source for HAMR Platters

Seagate this week signed an agreement with Showa Denko in a bid to secure a second source of platters for its hard drives based on heat assisted magnetic recording...

17 by Anton Shilov on 6/11/2021

TSMC Update: 2nm in Development, 3nm and 4nm on Track for 2022

For TSMC, being the world's largest foundry with nearly 500 customers has its peculiarities. On the one hand, the company can serve almost any client with almost any requirements...

73 by Anton Shilov on 4/26/2021

Sales of Fab Tools Surge to Over $71 Billion in 2020

SEMI, an organization representing chipmakers and producers of semiconductor production tools, published this week that sales of wafer processing equipment has surged to an all-time record of $71.19 billion...

18 by Anton Shilov on 4/15/2021

SK Hynix to Build $106 Billion Fab Cluster: 800,000 Wafer Starts a Month

Capping off a busy week for fab-related news, South Korea authorities this week gave SK Hynix a green light to build a new, 120 trillion won ($106.35 billion) fab...

41 by Anton Shilov on 4/2/2021

TSMC to Spend $100B on Fabs and R&D Over Next Three Years: 2nm, Arizona Fab & More

TSMC this week has announced plans to spend $100 billion on new production facilities as well as R&D over the next three years. The world's largest contract maker of...

45 by Anton Shilov on 4/2/2021

EUV Pellicles Ready For Fabs, Expected to Boost Chip Yields and Sizes

Foundries started limited usage of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography for high-volume manufacturing (HVM) of chips in 2019. At the time, ASML's Twinscan NXE scanners were good enough for production...

35 by Anton Shilov on 3/31/2021

SMIC to Build a New 28nm Fab in Shenzhen: Production to Start in 2022

As further evidence that the ongoing chip crunch is hitting every level of the chip manufacturing chain, Chinese chipmaker SMIC has announced plans to build a new 28nm manufacturing...

12 by Anton Shilov on 3/20/2021

AI Meets Chipmaking: Applied Materials Incorporates AI In Wafer Inspection Process

Advanced system-on-chip designs are extremely complex in terms of transistor count and are hard to build using the latest fabrication processes. In a bid to make production of next-generation...

11 by Anton Shilov on 3/19/2021

Seagate's Roadmap: The Path to 120 TB Hard Drives

Seagate recently published its long-term technology roadmap revealing plans to produce ~50 TB hard drives by 2026 and 120+ TB HDDs after 2030. In the coming years, Seagate is...

66 by Anton Shilov on 3/10/2021

GlobalFoundries to Invest $1.4B in Expansion, Potential Earlier IPO

GlobalFoundries this week reiterated plans to invest $1.4 billion this year in expansion of its manufacturing capacities across the world. Around one third of the sum will be co-invested...

20 by Anton Shilov on 3/4/2021

Report: Semi Demand 30% Above Supply, 20% Year-on-Year Growth

Semiconductor foundry offerings are thriving due to unprecedented demand for semiconductors and processors in recent quarters. Analysts from TrendForce believe that in Q1 2021 foundries will increase their revenue...

31 by Anton Shilov on 2/25/2021

Toshiba Unveils World's First FC-MAMR HDD: 18 TB, Helium Filled

Toshiba this week announced the industry's first hard drive featuring flux-control microwave-assisted magnetic recording (FC-MAMR) technology. The new MG09-series HDDs are designed primarily for nearline and enterprise applications, they...

25 by Anton Shilov on 2/19/2021

Samsung Foundry: New $17 Billion Fab in the USA by Late 2023

Samsung Foundry has filed documents with authorities in Arizona, New York, and Texas seeking to build a leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing facility in the USA. The potential fab near Austin...

35 by Anton Shilov on 2/10/2021

ASUS Launches ROG Strix XG27WQ Curved 165Hz Monitor: FreeSync Premium Pro Certified

AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro certification promises quite a lot when it comes to features and quality, but unfortunately there are less than a dozen of such displays available on...

45 by Anton Shilov on 4/2/2020

KINGMAX Joins PCIe 4.0 SSD Club with PX4480 Drives

As AMD’s latest Ryzen 3000/X570 platforms with PCIe 4.0 support become more widespread on the market, SSD vendors are continuing to ramp up the releaes of their matching PCIe...

9 by Anton Shilov on 4/1/2020

Micron to Start Volume Production of 128-Layer 3D NAND with RG Architecture This Quarter

As part of the company's second quarter financial earnings call, Micron has revealed that it is about to start volume production of its 4th Generation 3D NAND memory devices...

19 by Anton Shilov on 4/1/2020

I Need Speed: MSI Reveals Optix MAG251RX 240Hz IPS Gaming Monitor

MSI has announced its first display that uses a Fast IPS panel, which boasts a 240 Hz refresh rate. Like many gaming LCDs, the Optix MAG251RX is NVIDIA G-Sync...

18 by Anton Shilov on 4/1/2020

Samsung to Cease Traditional LCD Production, Move To Quantum Dot OLEDs

According to a report from Reuters, Samsung Display will cease production of traditional LCD displays by the end of the year. The move comes as the company is apparently...

47 by Anton Shilov on 3/31/2020

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