TSMC is Crushing Intel

There are claims that Intel’s full 10-nanometer process chip is equal to the TSMC 7N chip. TSMC seems to be 40% better in transistor density with its 5N plus chip and will make more improvements with a 4N chip. Even if TSMC process descriptions are just marketing, TSMC has superior transistor density, lower costs and …

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TSMC Pushing to 2 Nanometers While Intel is at 10 nm and China at 14 nm in Low Volume

TSMC evolutionary N4 process will enter risk production later in 2021 and will be used for mass production in 2022. 80% of TSMC’s $30 billion capital budget this year will be spent on expanding capacities for advanced technologies, such as 3nm, 4nm/5nm, and 6nm/7nm. N5 capacity will increase to 110,000 to 120,000 wafers per month. …

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Intel Building New Fabs to Try to Regain Relevance But TSMC Surges Ahead

Intel is trying to get back to being relevant in the Semiconductor game. Intel announced a $20 billion (USD) investment in two new manufacturing facilities (fabs) in Arizona. They will start production in 2024. CEO Pat Gelsinger said the 7nm manufacturing node from Intel is now running on schedule. The first product enabled with 7nm …

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Intel Speeds Up Testing Toward Goal of Quantum Chips With Billions of Qubits

Intel is working on spin qubit quantum computer technology. Spin qubit transistors would be about the same size as existing CMOS transistors. The spin qubits would have the potential to have comparable density to the existing traditional computer chips. In April, 2020, Intel, in collaboration with Qutech, published a paper in Nature demonstrating the successful …

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Intel’s Ice Lake Xeon Is Great for Encryption

The 32nd Hot Chips conference is happening now. Sander Olson is attending. He has provided presentations to Nextbigfuture that are highlights of the conference. Intel described their Xeon “ice lake” CPU. Intel claims dramatic improvements in encryption, and ice lake should come with 28 cores. Ice Lake incorporates a new microarchitecture, and will be the …

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Intel’s Long Decline and Losing the Future Desktop Chip Battle

Intel was the dominant computer chip company for decades. Intel built this dominance on engineering execution and being the undisputed leader in lithography. Intel was supposed to be at 10-nanometer chips using EUV (extreme ultraviolet light) in 2016. There were industry delays in enabling the transition to EUV. However, Samsung brought the first commercial EUV …

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Beyond Big Data is Big Memory Computing for 100X Speed

MemVerge, the inventor of Memory Machine software, today introduced what’s next for in-memory computing: Big Memory Computing. This new category is sparking a revolution in data center architecture where all applications will run in memory. Until now, in-memory computing has been restricted to a select range of workloads due to the limited capacity and volatility …

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Jim Keller Reviews Moore’s Law, Computing and Considers AI Chips

Jim Keller is a legendary microprocessor engineer, who has worked at AMD, Apple, Tesla, and now Intel. He’s known for his work on the AMD K7, K8, K12 and Zen microarchitectures, Apple A4, A5 processors, and is a co-author of the specifications for the x86-64 instruction set and HyperTransport interconnect. Jim Keller gives his perspective …

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Intel Cryogenic Chip Will Speed Up Quantum Computer Development

Intel Labs unveiled a first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip — code-named “Horse Ridge” — that will speed up development of full-stack quantum computing systems. Horse Ridge will enable control of multiple quantum bits (qubits) and set a clear path toward scaling larger systems — a major milestone on the path to quantum practicality. Developed together with …

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China Publishes Research on Competitive 3-Nanometer Chip

The best commercial computer chips have seven-nanometre transistors and a team in China led Professor Yin Huaxiang has developed 3nm transistors in the lab. Samsung, Intel, Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor will all be commercially producing 3-nanometer chips in 2020 or 2021. High-performance negative capacitance p-type FinFETs (p-FinFETs) with a 3-nm-thick ferroelectric (FE) hafnium zirconium oxides …

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