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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Takes a Different Approach to HKMG in AMD’s Llano CPU/GPU

After much anticipation, and with quite a few design wins, AMD’s Llano CPU/GPU chip arrived on the scene a couple of months ago. Fabricated by GlobalFoundries (more easily known as GloFo) in their 32nm SHP process, it was the first foundry-based gate-first HKMG product to come on the market. As a processor, it garnered pretty favorable reviews, but of course we were keen to get it into the lab and…

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Takes a Different Approach to HKMG in AMD’s Llano CPU/GPU

After much anticipation, and with quite a few design wins, AMD’s Llano CPU/GPU chip arrived on the scene a couple of months ago. Fabricated by GlobalFoundries (more easily known as GloFo) in their 32nm SHP process, it was the first foundry-based gate-first HKMG product to come on the market. As a processor, it garnered pretty favorable reviews, but of course we were keen to get it into the lab and…

Intel Enlarges Process Lead over Their Competition

22-nm Trigate Transistors Discussed At a morning session at the Intel Developer Forum Tuesday, Mark Bohr tooted the Intel trumpet and put a slide up to emphasise their lead over the other leading semiconductor companies: Intel Process Evolution Since 90-nm One can quibble a bit about the odd month here or there for the dates, but essentially things have been as they say — they were the first with embedded…

Intel Enlarges Process Lead over Their Competition

22-nm Trigate Transistors Discussed At a morning session at the Intel Developer Forum Tuesday, Mark Bohr tooted the Intel trumpet and put a slide up to emphasise their lead over the other leading semiconductor companies: Intel Process Evolution Since 90-nm One can quibble a bit about the odd month here or there for the dates, but essentially things have been as they say — they were the first with embedded…

Intel Enlarges Process Lead over Their Competition

22-nm Trigate Transistors Discussed At a morning session at the Intel Developer Forum Tuesday, Mark Bohr tooted the Intel trumpet and put a slide up to emphasise their lead over the other leading semiconductor companies: Intel Process Evolution Since 90-nm One can quibble a bit about the odd month here or there for the dates, but essentially things have been as they say — they were the first with embedded…

A SEMICON West snippet: AMAT launches new products, prepares for 450mm

SEMICON West is usually taken as a barometer for the industry, and my subjective impression is steaming along nicely, but no record breaking years coming up! According to Tom Morrow of SEMI, this year’s preregistrations were flat, but there about 10% more booths than last year. I kicked off the show by sitting in at the Applied Materials (AMAT) press and analysts breakfast. As usual AMAT had a flurry of…

A SEMICON West snippet: AMAT launches new products, prepares for 450mm

SEMICON West is usually taken as a barometer for the industry, and my subjective impression is steaming along nicely, but no record breaking years coming up! According to Tom Morrow of SEMI, this year’s preregistrations were flat, but there about 10% more booths than last year. I kicked off the show by sitting in at the Applied Materials (AMAT) press and analysts breakfast. As usual AMAT had a flurry of…

A SEMICON West snippet: AMAT launches new products, prepares for 450mm

SEMICON West is usually taken as a barometer for the industry, and my subjective impression is steaming along nicely, but no record breaking years coming up! According to Tom Morrow of SEMI, this year’s preregistrations were flat, but there about 10% more booths than last year. I kicked off the show by sitting in at the Applied Materials (AMAT) press and analysts breakfast. As usual AMAT had a flurry of…

TSMC HKMG is Out There!

I have to apologise for a hiatus in posting due to pressure from the day job, but this week is Semicon West week, so it seems appropriate to announce that we’ve started analysing TSMC’s 28-nm gate-last HKMG product, in this case a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA, fabbed in TSMC’s HPL process. Having seen two generations of Intel’s HKMG parts (the 45-nm Xeon and 32-nm Westmere) using gate-last technology, it’s inevitable that…

TSMC HKMG is Out There!

I have to apologise for a hiatus in posting due to pressure from the day job, but this week is Semicon West week, so it seems appropriate to announce that we’ve started analysing TSMC’s 28-nm gate-last HKMG product, in this case a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA, fabbed in TSMC’s HPL process. Having seen two generations of Intel’s HKMG parts (the 45-nm Xeon and 32-nm Westmere) using gate-last technology, it’s inevitable that…

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