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Update on 3/6/15: With confirmation from WMC that Samsung will ship two devices with 14nm FinFET SoCs starting April 10, 2015, it is finely becoming clear how drastically the Foundries have closed the process gap with Intel. An interesting question now for 2015 is when the combination of Samsung/GF and TSMC will surpass Intel in wafer area on FinFET processes on a quarterly basis. My guess is that Q4'15 sees this milestone occur.

Update on 2/26/15: With WMC a few days away, it is widely anticipated that Samsung will debut 14nm SoCs into a very high volume product: The Galaxy S6. With an expected ramp for Apple A9 SoCs in Q2, and likely some additional SoC volume from Qualcomm, it would appear that Samsung will ship more CPUs at 14nm than Intel in 2015. Intel might possibly ship more wafer area at 14nm, but data on that is difficult to obtain. The mobile SoC's are as big or bigger than the lower end higher volume PC CPUs, and so far, Intel's slow ramp of 14nm product has not progressed well for the large die devices.

Update on 8/6/14: Since this board was started, the CPU space has changed considerably, and so has the semi Foundry space. The AMD/Intel competition in x86 processors has been replaced with x86 vs ARM as computing has increasingly shifted to mobile form factors. Intel has made a significant shift to use their leading edge process advantage as a Foundry. The huge volumes in mobile now dominate leading edge wafer production, and competition is fierce to land Apple's orders between TSMC and Samsung. Intel has struggled to launch 14nm, and the Foundries are making a determined effort to close the gap with Intel on process tech. What happens in late 2014 and through 2015 for 14/16nm FinFET processes now looks like the big story in semiconductors in the next year+.

While the x86 CPU contest between AMD & Intel has grown old, exciting things are happening in the CPU and graphics world. The age of APUs in the x86 world has begun, with both AMD and Intel rolling out new families in early 2011. Meanwhile, 2010 saw the explosive launch of tablet PC's, mostly powered by non-x86 designs, and running non-MSFT OSes and software. What will 2011 bring to the CPU/GPU world?

This is a moderated board. All views are welcomed, but please restrict posts to useful content about CPUs, GPUs, the companies involved, or related market conditions. Attacking/baiting other posters, and snark in general will lead to banning.

Additional Comment: The companies working in this space have talented engineers & managers, and while we all may have our views on them, please refrain from endless bashing of them, as it does not contribute much useful to the board.
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14824Robert Maire is sure the Samsung/TSMC difference on A9's of a huge problem fneolibyesterday
14823EETimes take on Qualcomm servers: eetimes.comneolibyesterday
14822SA has some details on SoftMachines VISC SoCs: semiaccurate.comneolibyesterday
14821<i> Qualcomm and Xilinx Collaborate to Deliver Industry-Leading Heterogenneolibyesterday
14820Nice to see they have silicon already. A little more detail here, but they don&neolibyesterday
14819Siotek shot up today, based on the news that Intel, IBM, and Apple are all usingneolibyesterday
14818glofos 22nm process from.. fudzillagzubeckyesterday
14817Qualcomm Shows Off First Server Chip in Effort to Expand Ian King October 8, 2FUBHOyesterday
14816AMD rocking today as well. Today is the 8'th, so assuming AMD doesn't wneolibyesterday
14815Indeed, they all cleared their hurdles.neolibyesterday
14814HP and SanDisk tie up to counter Intel/Micron: This is potentneolibyesterday
14813Early testing claims TSMC A9's use less power than Samsung A9's: macrumneolibyesterday
14812More Chinese M&A rumors: Toshiba & SanDisk the targets tneolibyesterday
14811I bit of news on HSA: AMD, ARM, IMAG, and MediaTek all makingneolibWednesday
14810This looks like a really nice Zynq dev brd: I think I'll get neolibWednesday
14809Dow, Naz, and S&P within spitting of 17K, 4.8K and 2.0K. I'm guessing wneolibWednesday
14808I hope next week in the CC AMD says something about their 14nm chips. They shouneolibWednesday
14807About what ARM is doing. Too bad AMD can't learn from them, especially sincneolibWednesday
14806<i>“We will have a beat rate of a new product every year, and we’ll be on THE WATSONYOUTHWednesday
14805AMD warned last Qtr on Wed, July 8. Today is Oct 7, also Wed. If AMD doesn'neolibWednesday
14804Oddly, both AMD and GF are investors in this CPU startup:; Great cneolibWednesday
14803Samsung, no doubt being helped out by Apple A9's: <i>Samsung said it neolibWednesday
14802On of the things I've long wanted is getting close, and it all runs on a phoneolibWednesday
14801Another similar DT post on notebooks: <i> Notebook vendoneolibWednesday
14800Signs of hope in notebook land?? <i> Asustek, Acer see lneolibWednesday
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