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NXP/Freescale Merger – A Union of Equals

Contributed by Ray Angers   It was announced this week that NXP Semiconductor NV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) and Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (Austin, Texas) plan to merge their operations.  The deal, if approved in the second half of 2015, would bump the combined company into the top 10 semiconductor manufacturers. What was the motivation to bring [...]

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IEDM – Monday was FinFET Day

Contributed by Dick James — Follow me on Twitter @ChipworksDick In my conference preview blog last week I mentioned that session 3 on the Monday afternoon would be a hot session, with three finFET papers, by TSMC, Intel, and IBM. I was right – even though they were given in the Grand Ballroom, it was full. [...]

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IEDM 2014 Preview: Part 2

Contributed by Dick James — Follow me on Twitter @ChipworksDick This is part 2 of 2 on IEDM 2014 preview. Click here for Part 1. — Tuesday In the morning we have another seven parallel sessions, starting with session 9 on Advanced CMOS Devices for 10nm Node and Beyond, so another one I will definitely be targeting. The first [...]

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IEDM 2014 Preview: Part 1

Contributed by Dick James — Follow me on Twitter @ChipworksDick This is part 1 of 2 on IEDM 2014 preview. Click here for Part 2. Later this month the good and the great of the electron device world will make their usual pilgrimage to San Francisco for the 2014 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting.  To quote the conference web front [...]

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Intel’s 14-nm Parts are Finally Here!

Contributed by Dick James Click here for more information on Chipworks’ Intel 14 nm reports   Earlier last week, a couple of laptops arrived from Japan using the Core M version of Intel’s Broadwell processor. Straight into the lab, and within a few hours the first sight of the die structure, confirming that it is [...]

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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 production, we have that in the lab and can start to see what it looks like. The vertical flash was first released in an enterprise solid-state [...]

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