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Update on 8/16/16: At IDF, Intel announced they are broadly licensing and supporting ARM IP on their 10nm Foundry process, and presumably going forward. Having thrown in the towel on mobile SoC's and Contra Revenue earlier this year, this would appear to be RIP for x86 in both mobile and likely IoT. Instead, Intel appears to want to compete with the Foundries for the wafer volume those markets offer. Since it takes years to build IP and customer relationships, and Intel has a checkered history of being a reliable partner and silicon scaling is near the end, this will be a very interesting development to watch over the next 5-10 years.

Update on 1/28/16: TSMC & Samsung both exited 2015 in high volume FinFET production, while AMD is scheduled for mid-16 on GF's FinFETs. TSMC will start 10nm customer tapeouts in 1Q16 and production by 4Q16. The PC industry remains in contraction, now entering the 5'th year of decline, and mobile is showing hints of peaking as well. The big question for '16 is whether any new high volume applications for semis emerge. Automotive, wearables, VR, and drones are potentials that might develop in 2016.

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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22817Some musings on Ryzen 2600 performance: forbes.com As we've seen before, 1Pravin Kamdar9 AM
22816> the cooling on the 7nm HPC from 2x to 4x the power would be pretty aggressiVattila1 AM
22815Yeah, the cooling on the 7nm HPC from 2x to 4x the power would be pretty aggressneolibyesterday
22814Here is my reconstructed version of the same chart — plus the equivalent chart wVattilayesterday
22813On AI/ML, Nvidia ain't exactly modest: eetimes.comneolibyesterday
22812....this is great stuff!..............FWIW...I'll look it over in detail andTHE WATSONYOUTHyesterday
22811 Regarding frequencies, I like this chart for GlobalFoundries' 7LP process. Vattilayesterday
22810 now redo that plot in specints PER WATT (S/W) and it is growing. The largest cengineerlast Friday
22809So far the attempt to close above the 200 day moving average has failed. More bastsimonlast Friday
22808So we are halfway through the quarter and still no GPU inventory available unlesstsimonlast Friday
22807Its been a pretty good recovery from the recent low, and about as much as Raven neoliblast Thursday
22806As a day trade it would have been a great day. I didn't trade it however :((NullPointerExceptionlast Thursday
22805As a day trade it would have been a great day. I didn't trade it however :(neoliblast Thursday
22804> I'll go with 5%, 10%, and 3% for frequency Ugh — those are gloomy numbVattilalast Thursday
22803A one cent decline isn't worth getting out of bed for...stsimonlast Thursday
22802Well something went wrong with that beta today. Down a smidgen at the close withneoliblast Thursday
22801It's a volatile stock with a lot of liquidity and a controversial past. Red stsimonlast Thursday
22800Incredible how the shorts can make this stock dance to any tune they want to plaPravin Kamdarlast Thursday
22799Markets can remain over valued for months or even years. This bull market might stsimonlast Thursday
22798Nvidia was the co that lucked out, they had a spectacular sales and earnings ramneoliblast Thursday
22797shorts at 173M................up about 18M from last month................yet weTHE WATSONYOUTHlast Thursday
22796<i> Must be some kind of blow off top. </i> AMD looks like that inneoliblast Thursday
22795NVDA almost back to all time high........looks poised to cross $250.....up almosTHE WATSONYOUTHlast Thursday
22794.....like those numbers.........hope you're right.THE WATSONYOUTHlast Thursday
22793AMD closed right on its 200 day moving average yesterday. If the market sustainsstsimonlast Thursday
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