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The Second Shoe Drops – Samsung V-NAND Flash

Contributed by Dick James   Two weeks ago, we posted about the TSMC 20 nm product that we had in-house; now after waiting for a year since Samsung’s announcement of V-NAND ...

Apple vs. Samsung: What’s in the claims?

The ability to extract and understand claim limitations is critical, and will play a key role in the trial and subsequent judgment that will determine the winner and loser – ...

Inside the Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung unveiled their Galaxy S5 in Barcelona during this year’s Mobile World Congress. Although Samsung’s official global launch wasn’t until later in April, we managed to get our hands on ...

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TSMC 20nm Arrives – The First Shoe Drops

Contributed by Dick James For us at Chipworks interested in leading edge ...

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SanDisk Broadens SSD IP with Fusion-io

Contributed by Ray Angers   The US$1.1B takeover bid announced last week ...

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Taking the Lid Off Microsoft’s Secret Android-killer Patents

by Martin Bijman The Chinese government recently revealed Microsoft’s secret list of ...

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Apple vs. Samsung (Part 3): And the Winner is?

If you’ve read part 1 and part 2 of this series, you’re now looking for more info on the #AppSung trial deliberation. By Richard Moses Following  nearly a month long trial, the four-man, four-woman jury deliberated for three days before reaching their decision. Along with deciding infringement and validity, the jury was also tasked to [...]

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Apple vs. Samsung (Part 2): What’s in the claims?

If you read Part 1 of this article, you’re now looking for the flipside of the Apple vs. Samsung analysis – claims by Samsung. The key point of this two part blog is that the ability to extract and understand claim limitations is critical. This will play a key role in the trial and subsequent [...]

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Chipworks @ Mobile World Congress – The Year of Incremental Improvements

Contributed by Dick James As we did last year, we went along to the Mobile World Congress (MWC), held in Barcelona last week. The intent was to take the pulse of the mobile business, not just the big announcements like the Samsung Galaxy S5, but also the parts that go into mobile devices. Dominant Themes [...]

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IBM Continues to be a Major Source of Chip Innovation, Despite Rumours It May Exit the Business

Contributed by: Sinjin Dixon-Warren IBM’s Semiconductor Division and Intel have been two of the primary drivers of advanced CMOS development for nearly fifty years. Although Intel has usually been first to market with a new technology node, IBM has continued to be a major source of innovation in advanced CMOS technology over the past decades. [...]

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Intel’s e-DRAM Shows up in the Wild

Contributed by Dick James When Intel launched their Haswell series chips last June, they stated that the high-end systems would have embedded DRAM, as a separate chip in the package; and they gave a paper at the VLSI Technology Symposium [1] that month, and another at IEDM [2]. It took us a while to track [...]

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