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Samsung reportedly gets Qualcomm/Apple orders; TSMC to ramp FinFET+

  • Digitimes reports Samsung (SSNLF, SSNGY) and Globalfoundries have landed orders from Qualcomm and Apple for chips to be made using their next-gen 14nm FinFET (3D transistor) process. Production is expected to start in early 2015.
  • Samsung and Globalfoundries inked a FinFET licensing deal this spring in an effort to challenge TSMC's (TSM +2.7%) foundry market hegemony. Qualcomm is a top TSMC client, and Apple (though historically relying on Samsung) is reportedly relying on TSMC to help make its upcoming A8 and A9 CPUs.
  • TSMC, which has had an edge in ramping 28nm and (more recently) 20nm chip production, is responding to Samsung/Globalfoundries' challenge with plans to launch a 16nm FinFET process by year's end, and (more importantly) roll out its low-power 16nm FinFET+ process in early 2015.
  • TSMC claims 16nm FinFET+ chips will consume 30% less power than 16nm FinFET chips at the same clock speed, and offer 40% better performance than comparable 20nm chips.
  • Digitimes states TSMC plans to launch a FinFET+ process "tailored to Apple's requirements," as part of its efforts to manufacture the A9.
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  • Arnold Frisch
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    "Digitimes reports Samsung (SSNLF, SSNGY) and Globalfoundries have landed orders from Qualcomm and Apple for chips to be made using their next-gen 14nm FinFET (3D transistor) process. Production is expected to start in early 2015.
    Samsung and Globalfoundries inked a FinFET licensing deal this spring in an effort to challenge TSMC's (TSM +2.7%) foundry market hegemony. Qualcomm is a top TSMC client, and Apple (though historically relying on Samsung) is reportedly relying on TSMC to help make its upcoming A8 and A9 CPUs.
    TSMC, which has had an edge in ramping 28nm and (more recently) 20nm chip production, is responding to Samsung/Globalfoundries' challenge with plans to launch a 16nm FinFET process by year's end, and (more importantly) roll out its low-power 16nm FinFET+ process in early 2015."

     

    So TSMC is fighting to catch up with GF and Samsung, but Intel has already delivered 14 nm to OEM's for sale to customers this Christmas. So Intel has won the market - at least until the three combatants can deliver anything in quantity at this node! (Arguably 2 years.)

     

    Nenni must be having a fit!
    1 Jul 2014, 06:52 PM Reply Like
  • carlkoo
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    Intel has won the market??? What did they win?
    2 Jul 2014, 12:05 PM Reply Like
  • SemiWiki.com
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    Russ,

     

    This is common knowledge within the fabless semiconductor ecosystem:

     

    http://bit.ly/1mZ2iM4

     

    Will you be at SEMICON West next week? It would be a pleasure to meet you. If you would like a signed copy of Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry let me know.

     

    Cheers,

     

    D.A.N.

     

    Ps: Intel has yet to ship a 14nm SoC.
    4 Jul 2014, 03:45 AM Reply Like
  • trader_xx
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    Hey INTC don't worry I'm sure you'll get that foundry business once you roll out your 7nm stuff...You just wait !
    1 Jul 2014, 07:37 PM Reply Like
  • SemiWiki.com
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    14nm is over. Intel will have a play for 10nm. I'm looking forward to that one!

     

    http://bit.ly/1mZ2iM4
    4 Jul 2014, 04:09 AM Reply Like
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