28nm

We tend to discuss leading-edge nodes and the most advanced chips made using them, but there are thousands of chip designs developed years ago that are made using what are now mature process technologies that are still widely employed by the industry. On the execution side of matters, those chips still do their jobs as perfectly as the day the first chip was fabbed which is why product manufacturers keep building more and more using them. But on the manufacturing side of matters there's a hard bottleneck to further growth: all of the capacity for old nodes that will ever be built has been built – and they won't be building any more. As a result, TSMC has recently begun strongly encouraging its customers...

TSMC to Expand Capacity for Mature and Specialty Nodes by 50%

TSMC this afternoon has disclosed that it will expand its production capacity for mature and specialized nodes by about 50% by 2025. The plan includes building numerous new fabs...

13 by Anton Shilov on 6/16/2022

TSMC to Build Japan's Most Advanced Semiconductor Fab

Fabs are well-known for being an expensive business to be in, so any time a new fab is slated for construction, it tends to be a big deal &ndash...

14 by Anton Shilov on 10/15/2021

Samsung Foundry’s New 17nm Node: 17LPV brings FinFET to 28nm

Despite most discussion about chip manufacturing focusing on the leading edge and blazingly fast and complex side of the industry, the demand for the ‘legacy’ process technologies is also...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/6/2021

China's SMIC To Build a GigaFab for $8.87B: An Answer to the Shortages

As a result of being on the US Entity list, SMIC's blacklisting has caused troubles in the company developing and deploying leading-edge fabrication technologies. As a result, it has...

23 by Anton Shilov on 9/6/2021

SMIC to Build a New 28nm Fab in Shenzhen: Production to Start in 2022

As further evidence that the ongoing chip crunch is hitting every level of the chip manufacturing chain, Chinese chipmaker SMIC has announced plans to build a new 28nm manufacturing...

12 by Anton Shilov on 3/20/2021

TSMC Updates on Node Availability Beyond Logic: Analog, HV, Sensors, RF

Most of the time when we speak about semiconductor processes, we are focused on the leading edge of what is possible. Almost exclusively that leading edge is designed for...

3 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/25/2020

Russia’s Elbrus 8CB Microarchitecture: 8-core VLIW on TSMC 28nm

All of the world’s major superpowers have a vested interest in building their own custom silicon processors. The vital ingredient to this allows the superpower to wean itself off...

92 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/1/2020

AMD 7th Gen Bristol Ridge and AM4 Analysis: Up to A12-9800, B350/A320 Chipset, OEMs first, PIBs Later

Over the last two weeks, AMD officially launched their 7th Generation Bristol Ridge processors as well as the new AM4 socket and related chipsets. The launch was somewhat muted...

125 by Ian Cutress on 9/23/2016

Samsung Foundry Updates: 7nm EUV, 10LPP, and 14LPC

Earlier this week, Samsung announced a number of updates on the foundry side of their business. While process technology might not be necessarily as interesting as the actual end...

54 by Joshua Ho on 4/22/2016

AMD’s Carrizo-L APUs Unveiled: 12-25W Quad Core Puma+

One of the important press releases that came out as a result of the AMD Financial Analyst Day has been some insights into how AMD is approaching the Carrizo...

50 by Ian Cutress on 5/12/2015

AMD Teases Next Enthusiast GPU: Still 28nm, 23% Smaller Than GK110

Rumors aside, after AMD’s unexpected preview of their 2013 GPU plans back at the start of this year the company has been mum-as-usual on the matter of their future...

49 by Ryan Smith on 9/18/2013

Computex 2012 Show Floor: Ultrabooks with Discrete GPUs

We’ve already seen one Ultrabook with a discrete GPU—Acer’s TimelineU M3—but that was an “old” Sandy Bridge Ultrabook. At Computex 2012, several more Ultrabooks sporting discrete GPUs have shown...

8 by Jarred Walton on 6/5/2012

NVIDIA Announces Retail GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Though NVIDIA primarily likes to announce products on their own schedule and own time they have also been known to announce more budget oriented parts at trade shows, and...

21 by Ryan Smith on 6/4/2012

AMD Announces A New 900MHz Radeon HD 7750

For our final bit of AMD news today, in a bit of an unusual move AMD has informally announced a new Radeon HD 7750. The new 7750, which will not...

31 by Ryan Smith on 6/1/2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Review Feat. EVGA: Bringing GK104 Down To $400

In a typical high-end GPU launch we’ll see the process take place in phases over a couple of months if not longer. The new GPU will be launched in...

414 by Ryan Smith on 5/10/2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Review: Ultra Expensive, Ultra Rare, Ultra Fast

In an unusual move, NVIDIA took the opportunity earlier this week to announce a new 600 series video card before they would be shipping it. Based on a pair...

200 by Ryan Smith on 5/3/2012

NVIDIA Unveils GeForce GTX 690: Dual GK104 Flagship Launching May 3rd

As we mentioned back on Monday, NVIDIA was going to be making some kind of GeForce announcement this evening at the NVIDA Gaming Festival 2012 in Shanghai, China. NVIDIA’s...

109 by Ryan Smith on 4/28/2012

NVIDIA Updates GeForce 600 OEM Desktop Lineup, Adds GT 645, GT 640, GT 630

While NVIDIA doesn’t publically announce most of their OEM desktop graphics cards, they do update their website with the specifications of these cards, which is how we usually find...

29 by Ryan Smith on 4/25/2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Review: Retaking The Performance Crown

“How do you follow up on Fermi?” That’s the question we had going into NVIDIA’s press briefing for the GeForce GTX 680 and the Kepler architecture earlier this month...

404 by Ryan Smith on 3/22/2012

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