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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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33378<i>Any of you retired guys have time to do this?</i> some poTHE WATSONYOUTH3 hours ago
33377At First when I saw this I thought it's time to panic....then...I checked ongzubeck7 hours ago
33376I found this interesting: <i>Moreover, AMD’s foundry partner TSMC faces aneolib8 hours ago
33375More QCOM/MS love in chips: zdnet.comneolib8 hours ago
33374Papermaster gets 30K and dumps all...neolib9 hours ago
33373<i>Even the last time we went to Staples, it was DEAD. Maybe 1 other custoTHE WATSONYOUTHyesterday
33372wccftech.comPravin Kamdaryesterday
33371Just ran across this.... Is Intel Surrendering the Desktop Market to AMD? &quogzubeckyesterday
33370Just listened to the recording. You'll have to listen. Hard to convey the fePravin Kamdaryesterday
33369Intel's R&D would be both process development and chip development, but neolibyesterday
33368How much is Intel spending on process R&D these days? TSMC’s $15 Billion SpVattilayesterday
33367If anyone can listen to the Dell Epyc spiel, please post any interesting points neolibyesterday
33366Any of you retired guys have time to do this? I ccan't speak for all, but myrzborusayesterday
33365Back in the Athlon days, the same Staples at one point had about 50% of systems Pravin Kamdaryesterday
33364We need to use social media clout to try to stem Intel's trade violations. WPravin Kamdaryesterday
33363The one here pretty much has 5-10 customers all the time. I've never been ineolibyesterday
33362The last time I was in Costco, a couple of days ago, the only AMD laptop was thePravin Kamdaryesterday
33361I'm pretty rural, too. County population of ~130k. Just haven't been teetnoyeryesterday
33360In the modest sized rural area (60K pop in the greater area) they are the only rneolibyesterday
33359In contrast, the last Costco email I got had 3 Ryzen systems advertised (mixed leetnoyeryesterday
33358Wedbush analyst Matt Bryson reiterated an Outperform rating and $39.00 price tarbit3yesterday
33357Intel supposedly now having shortages of 14nm server CPUs: digitimes.comneolibyesterday
33356TSMC raised 2019 capex $4B in the fourth qtr?? How can they spend that much morneolibyesterday
33355<i>Both Amazon and Newegg have lowered the price of the 3800X to $370 -- wTHE WATSONYOUTHyesterday
33354Amazon has dropped its $60 price gouge on the 3900X. It is in stock and at the #Pravin Kamdaryesterday
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