Chips Pushing Smaller Architectures as 14nm FinFET Gains
This week, EETimes reported that United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) announced that they will skip the 20nm node in order to focus on providing customers with 14nm FinFET tapeouts before the end of 2015. UMC is now the second-largest chip foundry, meaning that this move is important in further establishing the architecture norms for the industry.
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Smart Devices Continue to See Strong Demand Across Markets
Earnings reports are really not just the stuff of economists or investors, they give us important data points to gauge what is happening in companies and how their market strategies are faring, and particularly how much demand different classes of devices are seeing. These results, in turn, give us real information to determine the opportunities and challenges along the global supply chain, and in particular, individual industries such as the semiconductor and electronics industry. For our industry, the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) has been a continuation of the 2014 market, strength in demand and revenue for smart devices, and new opportunities still gaining momentum by region and by device category.
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