They would just be a “me to” company.

That said has anyone seen a TSMC or Samsung 7nm sample yet ? But we need to maintain fabs in the US.

Threats to Chip Supply Chain Prompt Action, Technology’s Atlas Doesn’t Shrug Against Titanic COVID-19. Get our news, blogs and comments straight to your inbox! Copyright © 2020. Bit slow on this one aren’t you David – these figures were published last April and it was all discussed back then . Number 8860726. |News|Products|Blogs|Jobs - Owned by Emap, Southern House, CR0 1XG (020 39532600), Webinar: Manufacturing Intelligence in the Electronics Industry, Webinar: XRF coatings analysis equipment for micro-scale semi packaging, Under Threat From God And Man – But Not From The Competition, EW BrightSpark 2020, In the spotlight: Dr Olivia Ojuroye, The Wearable Tech Hub. Q. Electronics Weekly teams up with RS Components to highlight the brightest young electronic engineers in the UK today. Thanks for letting me know, I’ve added the 0s. The company had planned to continue that method until it began having major problems with, first the 10nanometer process node and, more critically, the 7nm node. Still, the big concern is that if Intel has to outsource its leading-edge parts to other foundries, then it loses the financial justification to build new fabs. Further, it’s the main competitor in the fab space, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), has succeeded in dominating the manufacturing space by just focusing on the production of chips. But earlier this year, Intel floated the idea of leaving the leading-edge chip manufacturing space as a whole.

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Official talks on the construction and operation of a new TSMC semiconductor chip manufacturing fab in the U.S. is promising but riddled with political and technical intrigue. Remaining 15% is I/O.

I think though, Mike, it becomes a trifle more relevant when Samsung and TSMC are running product on these so-called 7nm processes while Intel is not producing anything much, so far as we know, on its so-called 10nm process. Intel will retain its Optane business and intends to invest transaction proceeds in long-term growth priorities such as AI, 5G networking, and intelligent, autonomous edge products.

This would leave the company – at least for leading-edge design and production – as merely another fabless semiconductor vendor. In 2017, Intel lost its 24 year position as the largest chip manufacturer, now it may have lost its leading position in chip manufacturing technology. Lines and paragraphs break automatically. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. But will their latest actions be enough? It would end up being no different to what AMD has now become. Where does that leave the US in a very competitive global semiconductor market? For the last 50 years, Intel has both designed leading-edge semiconductor devices and manufactured them with in-house production. The following is a list of Intel's manufacturing and assembly/test sites.Processors are manufactured in semiconductor fabrication plants ("fabs") which are then sent to assembly and testing sites before delivery to customers.

Is there a typo in the Samsung/GF SRAM cell dimensions?

Samsung’s six transistor SRAM cell made on its 7nm process measures 0.026 sq micron. Votes: 19 13.5% No, manufacturing is integral to Intel, and they will continue to invest to stay competitive. Its production yields on the next iteration of chips at 7m have been low, thus delaying the release of these chips by at least 6 months – and the time-to-market (TTM) clock is ticking.

The design work has been left to other, typically fabless semiconductor vendors. These fabless companies began to out-design Intel in the mobile phone industry and accelerated TSMC’s lead over Intel in high volume manufacturing of …

The potential technology and security issues have not escaped the attention of the more technically attuned and globally aware members of the US Congress. Electronics Weekly is owned by Metropolis International Group Limited, a member of the Metropolis Group; you can view our privacy and cookies policy here. And that’s the end of that – Intel becomes another fabless company relying on design and marketing to turn a buck and leaving Samsung and TSMC as the only companies making leading edge logic. SK Hynix will acquire from Intel the remaining assets, including IP related to the manufacture and design of NAND flash wafers, R&D employees, and the Dalian fab workforce, upon a final closing expected to occur in March 2025 with the remaining payment of US $2 billion.”. They would just be a “me to” company. Conversely an ARM core is more SRAM intensive and so TSMC and Samsung have optimised the SRAM cell.

The manufacturing portion is necessary to create processor and memory components that can perform calculations, store data, and use less energy. If it went fabless it would just become another average fabless company that tried to sell its products at higher prices. The reason for this is Intel processors are still dominated by logic (60%) and they achieved a better die area by changing the transistor gate contact to suit logic rather than the SRAM cells (25%).

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. It would end up being no different to what AMD has now become. TSMC’s six-transistor SRAM cell made on its 7nm process measures 0.0272 sq micron. After all, they both discovered the digital scaling and manufacturing trend known forever as Moore’s Law. Intel will hold onto its Optane business – in which it partners with Micro. Glad to see you call all these processes ‘so-called’ though – I wouldn’t give any of them better than a 12nm.

Yes, Intel is a product designer at heart, and they will seek a more flexible fabless model. There are plenty of 10nm samples around which perform well but I agree yields aren’t where they need to be for volume shipments. Required fields are marked *.

One wonders what other assets Intel may put on the bidding block in the near future. Approximately 75% of Intel's semiconductor fabrication is performed in the USA.

Photo: Reuters, Investors sold Intel’s stock and it lost around US$50 billion in valuation, while TSMC saw its market valuation increase by over 50 per cent in the same period, Apple’s decision to use ARM instead of Intel gave TSMC the learning curve advantage which over time enabled it to pull ahead in manufacturing process technology.

Reasons abound for Intel’s latest manufacturing problems, from perhaps the non-technical background of the last several CEOs to the layoffs of too many key people and more.

Intel’s sale of its NAND memory to Hynix and recent comments about leaving the chip manufacturing space raise national concerns.

By David Manners And then there are the issues with China, specifically, if China invades and takes over Taiwan as it did with Hong Kong.

But things are different now from the last decade or so when Intel was dominant in the semiconductor space.

This is important to maintain global competitiveness and security. Intel has announced plans to sell its NAND memory business to Hynix, the world's second-largest memory chipmaker (after Samsung Electronics) and the world's 3rd-largest semiconductor company. If it went fabless it would just become another average fabless company that tried to sell its products at higher prices. Informa Markets, a trading division of Informa PLC. Intel originally planned 10nm for 2015 and, earlier this year, briefly disclosed details of two 10nm Cannon Lake processors but later dropped reference to the parts from its site. This delay prompted the new CEO, Bob Swan, to recently say that Intel may look to outsource the manufacturing of all chips at the 7nm process node.

Further, TSMC is already near full manufacturing capacity. Intel’s problems with its manufacturing mean it may need to turn to TSMC to make its chips. Unfortunately, Intel has recently had so much trouble with the manufacturing of the next generation of leading-edge chips that it contemplated leaving the fab space.

Sign up for the Electronics Weekly newsletters: Mannerisms, Gadget Master and the Daily and Weekly roundups. Currently, Intel is making chips at 10nm even though that technology was scheduled for release in 2017 or 3 years ago. Read our special supplement celebrating 60 years of Electronics Weekly and looking ahead to the future of the industry. The Intel press release stated, “SK Hynix will acquire from Intel the NAND SSD business (including NAND SSD-associated IP and employees), as well as the Dalian facility, with the first payment of US $7 billion. And now, on top of the manufacturing concerns, Intel has announced the sale of its NAND memory business to Hynix. Few things are more difficult – both at the scientific and engineering levels – than designing chips that are getting closer to the size of atoms, i.e., 7nm and below. Well spotted Johan, you win this week’s Eagle Eye Award.

Until just recently, Intel were masters of this craft. Read the Electronics Weekly @ 60 supplement ». However, that won’t be an easy transition as TSMC’s other customers, who are competitors to Intel, will probably oppose the deal.

And this is all happening as the US Congress looks at passing big spending bills to revive semiconductor manufacturing in the USA. Intel is breaking records -- only this time, not in such a good way. And we all know that TSMC is prepared to throw wafers at a problem as they did at 20nm.
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By itself, this is disturbing news as Intel is the only major US-owned designer that still manufactures semiconductor technology domestically. We've scanned the very first edition so you can enjoy it. Intel’s six-transistor SRAM cell made on its 10nm process measures 0.0312 sq micron. If Intel truly leaves the leading-edge chip manufacturing space, then it may become little more than yet another fabless company existing solely on its design and marketing talents to turn a profit. Also, DARPA is stepping up to safeguard the U.S. semiconductor chip supply chain and intellectual property (IP). Intel keeps its competitive advantage through process technology.

If Intel truly leaves the leading-edge chip manufacturing space, then it may become little more than yet another fabless company existing solely on its design and marketing talents to turn a profit. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier. Meanwhile, Samsung and TSMC become the only companies actually making leading-edge logic. 20th February 2018.

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