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October 12, 2015

Mentor’s Wally Rhines on M&A ‘merger mania’

...and why the semiconductor industry hasn't been singularitied down to one MegaSemis Inc even if that's what M&A data suggests.
October 6, 2015

Samsung taps Mentor tools for higher yielding close-loop DFM

Samsung bases PRISM and FLARE defect analysis and optimization on Mentor Graphics' Calibre and Tessent. Yields rise. Ramps shorten.
June 4, 2015

COMPUTEX 2015: Taiwan and mainland China face off in IoT platforms

It wasn't just ARM and TSMC that launched a 55nm IoT platform this week. Across the Taiwan Strait, Brite and SMIC have unveiled a similar offering. The competition could tell us a lot about the IoT market's future.
November 12, 2014

TSMC begins risk production of 16FF+

TSMC says it has begun risk production on its FinFET Plus (16FF+) process, claiming that it has reached a greater level of maturity earlier in its development cycle than previous nodes developed at the foundry.
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November 12, 2014

Chip tariff eliminated and the big winner is… China?

Not just Intel and TI but also Lenovo and Huawei have cause to welcome end to 25% import tax. And could it even help reinvigorate Chinese start ups?
October 20, 2014

IBM pays GlobalFoundries to take on chipmaking operation

GlobalFoundries is to acquire IBM's fabs in a deal that sees the server maker pay the foundry $1.5bn over five years and agree to exclusivity to 10nm.
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September 11, 2014

TSMC: e-beam winning on cost over EUV for lithography

EUV may be getting most R&D cash but the world's biggest foundry says e-beam currently has the edge on defects and double patterning.
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July 4, 2014

Qualcomm takes 28nm to China in SMIC deal

Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) is to get a helping hand to develop a production-class 28nm process from Qualcomm Technologies.
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April 15, 2014

Common Platform foundry alliance to be wound down

But some research and process collaboration is set to continue in the background as Samsung, GlobalFoundries and IBM chart their own priorities.
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March 27, 2014

Intel and Altera extend foundry deal into interposer and full 3D

Deal quashes rumors that Altera was about to move its cutting edge production back to TSMC, but nor does it appear to be 'exclusive' for 3D products.
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