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Intel Foundry Services gets a boost from $100M Pentagon award for US-made chips

Enlarge (credit: ony Avelar/Bloomberg ) Intel announced Monday that it has been awarded a contract for foundry services through a Department of Defense program intended to support leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing in the US. Though Intel’s share of the estimated $100 million award wasn’t disclosed, it is certain to boost Intel’s fledgling Foundry Services division that […]

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AMD triples Zen 3 CPU cache using 3D stacking technology

This exploded diagram shows an additional 64MiB of L3 cache atop the center of the CCD, with structural silicon inserts to either side of the new layer. [credit: AMD ] Yesterday at Computex 2021, AMD CEO Lisa Su showed off the company’s next big performance play—3D stacked chiplets, allowing the company to triple the amount […]

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TSMC is considering a 3 nm foundry in Arizona

Enlarge / In a few years, Phoenix residents will be seeing a lot more of this logo. (credit: SOPA Images) Reuters reports that TSMC—Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the chip foundry making advanced processors for Apple, AMD, and Qualcomm—is beefing up its plans to build factories in Arizona while turning away from an advanced plant in […]

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Chip shortage continues, US asks Taiwan to prioritize automakers

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images) The worldwide semiconductor shortage continues to affect the automotive industry. One by one, automakers have warned that the silicon chip shortage will negatively impact production output and revenues in the coming months. Renault identified the chip shortage as a major problem when reporting its Q1 results in April. […]

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Chipmaker TSMC to invest $100 billion in research, expansion

Enlarge / TSMC’s headquarters, seen here, are in Hsinchu, Taiwan—but the company is expanding worldwide, with a $12 billion fab due to open near Intel’s own facilities in Arizona. (credit: Sam Yeh via Getty Images) Earlier this week, chipmaker TSMC—Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, who manufactures processors for Apple, Qualcomm, and AMD, among many other industry […]

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Intel CEO plans to build two new CPU fabs in Arizona

Enlarge / The new fabrication plants will likely be somewhere near the company’s existing campus in Chandler, Arizona. (credit: Laura Segall/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Intel CEO Patrick Gelsinger—a former chip designer who took the top slot from finance specialist Bob Swan this February—announced plans to expand Intel’s manufacturing muscle this week. Gelsinger wants to spend […]