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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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TSMC 20nm Arrives – The First Shoe Drops

Contributed by Dick James For us at Chipworks interested in leading edge processes, 2014 so far has been the year of waiting for parts and processes that have been announced, but not shown up in the world of commercial production. It will surprise no-one in the business that they are Intel’s 14-nm, the 20-nm products [...]

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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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Samsung 28 nm HKMG Inside the Apple A7

Contributed by: Sinjin Dixon-Warren The Apple A7 processor used inside the iPhone 5s represents an extraordinary piece of engineering. Some details, such as the die layout, were discussed in an earlier blog. The A7 is fabricated with Samsung’s 28 nm low power (LP) gate first, high-k metal gate (HKMG) process technology. The process features nine [...]

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