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    Intel and TSMC

    by theblueredmonk Jun 10, 2015 12:11 PM
    semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie Jun 11, 2015 12:35 AM Flag

    from ASML board - ARM servers in large scale are a pipe dream - ARM's "happy days" are over.....
    Hetrogeneous 3D SiP Integration
    One very exciting development is that all members of the Stratix 10 FPGA & SoC family are going to leverage Intel's state-of-the-art heterogeneous 3D System-in-Package (SiP) technology. This is based on silicon bridges called EMIBs (Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridges) that are used to link the main FPGA or SoC die to high-speed serial transceiver and protocol tiles.
    Unlike traditional silicon interposer technologies, EMIBs don’t require the use of through-silicon vias (TSVs), thereby providing higher performance, reduced complexity, lower cost, and enhanced signal integrity compared to interposer-based approaches.

    In the future, we might expect to see EMIBs linking the FPGA die to other dice, such as analog functions and high-bandwidth memory blocks. Furthermore, this technology could also be used to link Intel's processor die to Altera's FPGA die, providing a single-package CPU-FPGA combo that would be extremely interesting for things like high-performance computing (HPC), machine vision, and server/big data applications. Less

  • Global semiconductor sales increase in April; Steady growth projected

    The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.6 billion for the month of April 2015, 4.8 percent higher than the April 2014 total of $26.3 billion and 0.4 percent lower than last month’s total of $27.7 billion. The Americas market posted double-digit growth compared to last year, leading all regions. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average. Additionally, a new WSTS industry forecast projects steady market growth for the next three years.

    “Year-to-year semiconductor sales increased for the 24th straight month in April, thanks largely to continued growth in the Americas and Asia Pacific regional markets,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “The global industry has posted higher sales through April than at the same point in 2014, and we expect continued growth for the rest of 2015 and beyond.”

    Regionally, year-to-year sales increased in the Americas (12.2 percent), China (9.9 percent), and Asia Pacific/All Other (5.2 percent), while sales decreased compared with last year in Europe (-5.6 percent) and Japan (-10.7 percent). Compared with last month, sales were up in the Asia Pacific/All Other (2.3 percent) category, but down in Japan (-0.2 percent), China (-0.7 percent), Europe (-2.3 percent), and the Americas (-3.4 percent).

    Additionally, SIA today endorsed the WSTS Spring 2015 global semiconductor sales forecast, which projects the industry’s worldwide sales will reach $347.2 billion in 2015, a 3.4 percent increase from the 2014 sales total. WSTS projects year-to-year increases for 2015 in Asia Pacific (7.0 percent) and the Americas (3.7 percent), with decreases projected for Europe (-3.6 percent) and Japan (-9.5 percent).

    Beyond 2015, the industry is expected to grow at a modest pace across all regions. WSTS forecasts 3.4 percent growth globally for 2016 ($358.9 billion in total sales) and 3.0 percent growth for 2017 ($369.6 billion). WSTS tabulates its semi-annual industry forecast by convening an extensive group of global semiconductor companies that provide accurate and timely indicators of semiconductor trends.

  • Reply to

    Intel-Altera: A new semi landscape emerging

    by wallisweaver Jun 2, 2015 10:28 PM
    semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie Jun 3, 2015 3:45 PM Flag

    The model for FPGA + CPU was proven a long time ago (e.g. Netezza) and so we can't fault Intel for an acquisition that will in principle allow them to integrate these architectures and ultimately drive down cost, size, and power consumption.

    but they don't have to "compromise" on a foundry process - stack some DRAM via TSV and you end up with a "super chip"

  • semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie Jun 3, 2015 3:24 PM Flag

    Integrating CPU and FPGA on one die is just a different way to move Moore's law forward - it's not only about shrinking - time to add Intel shares
    Intel put ARMHs server ambitions more or less to rest

  • semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie May 14, 2015 1:01 PM Flag

    comes from an idiot who yesterday claimed that e ASIC would replace FPGA -
    comes from the nut case who floated the rumor ALTR would be dumping Intel -
    you're loose canon -

  • semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie May 14, 2015 12:55 PM Flag

    The next big #$%$ to improve overall system performance will be stacked memory connected via TSV - TSV is the next big driver for equipment "people" LRCX in particular.
    Intel already implemented this technology in high end server chips -
    the main culprit is cost - according to Bohr - so IMO it's strictly a manufacturing / cost issue and Intel is good in this area

  • semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie May 14, 2015 12:23 PM Flag

    Nowhere in the press release does it say
    Why would they tell you....?
    And e ASIC won't put ALTR nor XLNX out of business

    did you notice how Samsung and TSMC gloat about their technology while Intel maintains a low profile?

  • semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie May 14, 2015 1:10 AM Flag

    Intel is not ARM's largest customer. Wow, not even close. Pot is legal in your state?

    do I care - not at all as long as Samsung and TSMC keep spending I am happy -
    many of TSMC customers who used to upgrade to new technology won't - they will stick with 28nm trying different ways to improve it - TSMC will be forced to spend time and capex on "older" technology -there is only one left and that is Apple who will play Samsung against TSMC

  • semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie May 13, 2015 10:48 PM Flag

    eASIC and ARM have a long standing relationship so nice try.

    so what ?
    and isn't Intel ARM's largest customer?

  • Reply to

    ASIC

    by semi_equip_junkie May 13, 2015 12:19 PM
    semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie May 13, 2015 3:05 PM Flag

    An ASIC is less expensive compared to an FPGA which is flexible compared to ASIC.
    Cost versus flexibility ....with eASIC Intel covers its server ground ....regardless of ALTR Intel has already exposure to FPGAs

  • Reply to

    Chief

    by lost_my_shorts May 13, 2015 2:22 PM
    semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie May 13, 2015 2:43 PM Flag

    I think ASML's plate is more than full
    the LRCX & NVLS merger was perfect because both complemented each other 100% -
    my guess is as good as yours

  • Reply to

    ASIC

    by semi_equip_junkie May 13, 2015 12:19 PM
    semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie May 13, 2015 2:27 PM Flag

    ASIC and FPGA can complement each other - you obviously don't understand

  • semi_equip_junkie by semi_equip_junkie May 13, 2015 2:08 PM Flag

    Moore’s Law to keep on 28nm
    Solid State technology - good article

    Dimensional scaling below 28nm will only increase the ‘component cost’ as we described in Moore’s Law has stopped at 28nm and is detailed in the following tables published recently by IBS.
    (not for Intel)

  • semi_equip_junkie by semi_equip_junkie May 13, 2015 1:50 PM Flag

    “Device and circuit cleverness” as a factor will never stop; however, it is made of a series of individual improvements that will not be enough to sustain a long-term scaling path for the industry. An alternative long-term path will be “Die size” – “larger chip area,” which is effectively monolithic 3D, and manufacturing efficiency, which will have an important role in monolithic 3D.

    And who is better to call it than Mark Bohr of Intel? In a recent blog piece “Intel predicts Moore’s Law to last another 10 years” Bohr is quoted predicting “that Moore’s Law will not come to an abrupt halt, but will morph and evolve and go in a different direction, such as scaling density by the 3D stacking of components rather than continuing to reduce transistor size.”

    Intel has integrated a new form of stacked memory based on Micron’s Hybrid Memory Cube technology, which provides 15 times more bandwidth than DDR3 DRAM and five times more throughput than the emerging DDR4 memory. The new memory technology consumes three times less space and five times less power than DDR4, Hazra said.
    Knights Landing has 16GB of the new memory type, which should be key in speeding up supercomputing applications, Hazra said. The modules on the board have stacked memory chips linked through a wire-like connection called Through Silicon Via (TSV), which brings performance advantages.

    Embedded on the supercomputing chip is DDR4 memory, which can be used as cache or conventional system memory for less-demanding applications.

  • Reply to

    Motley Fooled by FinFETs!

    by wallisweever May 13, 2015 12:27 PM
    semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie May 13, 2015 1:10 PM Flag

    There is a BIG difference ....Zweistein
    Intel runs megatons of Trigate silicon with excellent margins and yields ....10nm will be third generation
    still waiting for chipworks complete teardown of Samsung FinFet although the promised months ago
    TSMC and Samsung transparency with regards to FinFet is as clear as mud
    does Samsung break down its revenue/profits according to NAND, DRAM and logic?

    ARM attempts to crack the server market only motivates Intel more ....see eASIC announcement

  • semi_equip_junkie by semi_equip_junkie May 13, 2015 12:19 PM Flag

    Application Specific IC

    eASIC’s technology can increase flexibility and fast-time-to-market when compared to traditional ASICs and increase performance and lower power consumption when compared to FPGAs. By integrating hardware accelerator solutions with the eASIC platform, Intel can deliver much faster and more flexible systems for cloud customers.

    “Having the ability to highly customize our solutions for a given workload will not only make the specific application run faster, but also help accelerate the growth of exciting new applications like visual search,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group. “This announcement helps broaden our portfolio of customized products to provide our customers with the flexibility and performance they need.”

  • Reply to

    The Case Against ARM

    by wallisweaver May 12, 2015 11:43 PM
    semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie May 13, 2015 3:12 AM Flag

    where are the customers rushing to implement FinFet ?
    the foundry model is not broken?
    It's dead in a traditional way - only very few customer will move to finfets
    perhaps the foundry model is changing - more like an IDM....like Samsung

    and always show me the capex - TSMC announced record capex and than they cut capex in Q1 - show me the money

  • semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie May 9, 2015 12:37 AM Flag

    that's stll based on TSMC fabbing ? but this will change

  • semi_equip_junkie semi_equip_junkie May 9, 2015 12:34 AM Flag

    It has something to do with the cost structure of semiconductor manufacturing ....
    the majority is fix cost and most if not all is already absorbed by server and PC chips - I know that's hard to comprehend ....besides Intel has superior yields.
    Assuming one has (depreciated) capacity one cranks out chips as long as the ASP exceeds the variable cost...and variable cost are low because of Intel's superior yields

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