Next year TSMC will start manufacturing the first 20nm chips

The Taiwanese company TSMC confirmed its intention to start production of chips using 20 nm technological processes in 2013. However, for now the company does not plan its production on an industrial scale and will release the first chips in a limited quantities, giving them a total of 1% of production capacity. According to the head of the company, the mass production of semiconductor chips with this technology will not begin until 2014.

Meanwhile TSMC Company is going to produce only one version of the chip, which will be able to enter into the wide range of devices, from smart phones with low-power to high-performance graphics cards. For comparison, the Taiwanese company currently has four different output chips on 28-nm technology. These are 28LP (poly / SiON) for low-power low-cost chips, 28HPL (HKMG) for use in low power applications, 28HP (HKMG) for high-performance chips and 28HPM (HKMG). The latest version combines elements of high-performance chips with high efficiency …

Cooler Master to Release a New Budgetary Midi-Tower Chassis

New PC chassis from Cooler Master appear in the market with an enviable regularity. Each customer group, starting from entry-level customers and finishing with overclockers, can totally avail themselves with the up-dated facilities provided by the developer. This time, individuals with a quite modest budget will have an opportunity to enjoy all the privileges of contemporary technologies, since Cooler Master is going to release next month a new budgetary PC case of midi-tower form-factor. Codenamed CM Force 500, the case features 491.5x190.426 mm dimensions and is entirely painted black.

Chassis CM Force 500 supports motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, and is ready to welcome all graphics adapters of up to 320 mm in length. Internal framework is estimated for the installation as of air cooling system, so of liquid coolers; hence, the maximal admissible height of the CPU air cooler approximates 164 mm, while dimensions of the heatsink attached to the liquid cooler should …

Qualcomm to Enter Into Contract with GlobalFoundries

Qualcomm, a world-known provider of chips for mobile gadgets, has entered into a contract with GlobalFoundries company with the intention to develop chips based on 28 nm technology. Such information has been voiced by an authoritative Chinese publication Commercial Times, referring to the reliable sources. It is presupposed that the manufacturer will start the first dispatches for Qualcomm in the end of this year. The previously voiced data claimed that Qualcomm had arranged orders of 28 nm chips from UMC with the similar dispatch dates.

The estimated reason for the cooperation with GlobalFoundries is the insufficient delivery of 28 nm chips by TSMC. Moreover, Nvidia is supposedly targeting at the cooperation with one more manufacturer except for the TSMC as well. It should be mentioned that the preliminary memorandum between Qualcomm and GlobalFoundries was concluded in 2010; according to this memorandum, the designer got the access towards 45 nm LP and 28 nm LP technological …
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