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 …

Corsair Put Flash Voyager Slider USB 3.0 into Common Use

Corsair company, a recognized developer and provider of PC system components, has just announced about the release of their new product Flash Voyager Slider USB 3.0. This USB-drive has a retractable framework which ensures the socket protection and ease of usage. Flash Voyager Slider USB 3.0 goes in several volume capacities to satisfy the needs of any customer: 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB.



Corsair’s representatives describe Flash Voyager Slider USB 3.0 as the device with high speed performance and proven durability. In order to avoid mere words, the company provides a 5-year guarantee for all drives of this series. It should be mentioned that speed performance of this drive depends on its volume capacity. Thus, the drives of 8 GB and 16 GB capacity are able to develop the speed up to 70 MB/sec in consecutive reading mode, and up to 20 MB/sec in consecutive writing mode. The drives of 32 GB capacity prove to develop the speeds up to 80 MB/sec and 40 MB/sec in consecutive …

The First Glimpse on NXP Signal Amplifier BGU8006

NXP Semiconductors company announces the release of a GPS signal amplifier BGU8006 destined primarily for the integration into mobile devices, tablets, navigators, photo- and video cameras. According to the words of the NXP representatives, their new model is the most bantam signal amplifier available in the market: BGU8006 dimensions equal to 0.65mm x 0.44mm x 0.2mm. Besides, this amplifier is characterized by the extremely low level of noise and the necessity to employ only a couple of external components to enable the device (decoupling capacitor and matching inductor).



The abundance of radio frequency signals serves the major impediment for the pure GPS signal reception. NXP BGU8006 has been developed with this thought in mind and is called to improve the reception of weak GPS signals by means of a dynamic rejection of strong signals released by the cellular and local wireless networks.


BGU8006 is based on QuBIC4Xi SiGe:C BiCMOS technology which is known to involve the …
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