Engineer hired by Korean company revealed FinFET fabrication process
A senior engineer at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) who left the company after nearly 20 years, has been found guilty of illegally passing on the firm's trade secrets, specifically the FinFET fabrication process, to Samsung -- which then copied the process in order to win a majority of the orders of Apple's A-series processor manufacturing, a Taiwanese court has found.
Deal allows IBM to focus on research, GlobalFoundries to produce IBM server chips
IBM is getting out of the chip manufacturing, with the company transferring the bulk of its semiconductor business to GlobalFoundries. However, rather than IBM receiving a large cash influx from selling the chip division, the company is paying GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion over three years, in cash and capital, to take the commercial semiconductor business.
New Samsung mobile DRAM doubles speed of previous generation
Samsung Semiconductor is ramping production of new 20nm 4 gigabit LPDDR3 mobile DRAM, the company has announced. The company says that it is the first to produce the ultra high speed low power double data rate 3 DRAM claiming that its performance is comparable to that which can be achieved from desktop computer RAM. According to Samsung, the bandwidth of the new chips is up to double that of previous designs.
Samsung pushes mobile memory technology forward
Samsung Semiconductor has started fabricating 128GB flash storage chips and 2GB LPDDR3 DRAM modules for mobile devices. Currently, most high-end smartphones are shipping with a maximum of 64GB of internal storage, leaving users with media-heavy libraries unable to take their music collections with them. The introduction of the new modules should go a long way to alleviating this problem, although pricing will remain a key factor in adoption.
Drop in revenues should be temporary, says CEO
In a possible glimpse into Apple's planning, TriQuint Semiconductor in Oregon (which has supplied chips for several versions of the iPhone) has warned investors that sales some of it older chips will fall at least 19 percent in the current quarter, but that the revenue drop was likely to be only temporary. Although CEO Ralph Quinsey did not specifically name Apple, it is well-known that the iPhone maker is TriQuint's largest single customer, reports The Oregonian.