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Fab and CPU Tech Updates (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-August-2022  20:25:20 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Intel Foundry Services (IFS) has won a big deal to manufacture chips for Mediatek. Intel and MediaTek are taking their business relationship to the next level by forming a strategic chip making partnership. In an effort to diversify things on the manufacturing side, MediaTek is tapping Intel Foundry Services (IFS) to produce multiple chips for a range of smart edge devices using advanced process technologies.

Allegedly, China's largest chipmaker, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), has copied chip designs for 7nm manufacturing technology from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). TSMC is already making the most advanced silicon on the planet, with mass production of 3nm already underway inside of TSMC labs, the Taiwanese semiconductor Godzilla is claiming that SMIC is copying their 7nm designs.

China’s Yangtze Memory Technology Corp is reportedly developing 196 and 232 layer NAND, building a second fab and talking to Apple as it devises a way to increase its NAND market share past 5 percent. YMTC’s second fab in Wuhan is scheduled to be producing 128-layer chips by the end of the year, at the rate of 200,000 wafer starts per month, double that of its current (and first fab) which has a 100,000 wspm capacity. DigiTimes said YMTC had sent 196L NAND samples to prospective customers and indicated production could start this year.

More silicon shenanigans between China and USA has companies like TSMC uneasy, as the company's Chair Mark Liu has expressed his concern of what a Chinese invasion into Taiwan would mean for the chip making tech company. Liu stated in a recent interview with CNN. "Because this is such a sophisticated manufacturing facility, it depends on real-time connection with the outside world, with Europe, with Japan, with U.S., from materials to chemicals to spare parts to engineering software and diagnosis."

TSMC has been planning a new production process for 2nm chips. According to Nikkei Asia, the company has now announced its aim to be in mass production by 2025. It's the first time the company has detailed any of its plans, and it did so at what the publication describes as an industry event. Nikkei Asia reports that Samsung has already announced plans to deliver 2nm processors by 2025. Intel is reportedly claiming its 1.8nm technology is ahead of schedule, and will be produced by the end of 2024.

Intel 4 Node will double density and boost clocks 20% just in time for Meteor Lake. Intel has plans by making extensive use of Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography—the first Intel process to do so. That makes them a bit late to the game, as TSMC and Samsung have both been using EUV for a couple of years now.

AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su continues to be a global silicon superstar and confirms their next generation of CPU's are coming this quarter. Looking ahead, we're on track to launch our all-new 5nm Ryzen 7000 desktop processors and AM5 platforms later this quarter with leadership performance in gaming and content creation.

Intel officially announces that it is 'winding down' its Intel Optane memory business, no Optane products from here on out. We continue to rationalize our portfolio in support of our IDM 2.0 strategy. This includes evaluating divesting businesses that are either not sufficiently profitable or not core to our strategic objectives. After careful consideration, Intel plans to cease future product development within its Optane business. We are committed to supporting Optane customers through the transition

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