TSMC's 28nm Chip Production Skyrocketed Last Quarter, Will Only Get Better

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I say open source

Let me run any virus I want or guggettabout

I got legal store bought copies of windows but I don't use them for a reason

I hate spyware

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Whats that got to do with any of this?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Leave me alone..

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Bullwinkle J Moose

k

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Valor958

This is good news, but the problem is really that there are only a handful of fabs in the whole world. Production diversification and competition could do wonders for this area. Having only 2-3 people to talk to for making a worlds worth of chips for a product... I'd imagine that's a nightmare of a goal to try and keep up with. With Keplar's explosive popularity, that much pressure on TSMC in particular must have been difficult.
If I remember correctly, Intel is on the right path by building a new fab just for them. I don't care who does it, but advancement is good, and with Intel leaping ahead of AMD in general now, maybe we'll see some important breakthroughs in the coming years. I do mean breakthroughs... not just advances. Let's throw Moore's Law out and make something new.

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Chronologist

There are 2-3 people to talk to. TSMC, Samsung, GF. Just TSMC happens to be the best. Their production yields generally are very high. Additionally, they have several companies they produce for, making their fabs all that much more impressive.

And Intel's always had their own fabs, because no one else in the world is making chips as small as they are. Where did you think all that revenue was going to, why Intel hasn't been banhammered as a monopoly across the world yet, and how Intel's always coming out with "world firsts" in transistor technology (ex: 3d transistors)?

And let's not throw out Moore's law. It's actually what's driving "making new stuff". Without it, Intel probably wouldn't be on as an aggressive schedule as they've set with their tick-tock cycle, which means stagnation in innovation.

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John Pombrio

With the cost of these newest 22 and 28 nm Fabs being on the far side of $5 Billion EACH, don't expect much competition here...

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