Sources: TSMC, Reuters, Bloomberg
quote: So the AMD / GF split was originally planned to avoid AMD being less than 50% US owned, which would put the x86 license at risk.
quote: At the same time, the Mubadala Development Company will increase its current investment in AMD to 19.3 percent on a fully diluted basis.
quote: Upon closing, AMD will:Have equal voting rights with ATIC in The Foundry Company;Own 44.4 percent of The Foundry Company on a fully converted to common basis;
quote: Intel currently enjoys a modest process lead over TSMC. TSMC in 2013 was in its second year of building 28 nanometer transistors, while Intel was in its second year of building 22 nanometer transistors.
quote: "[TSMC's 28 nm is] scaling is much better than what Intel said, though still a little bit behind. [TSMC is] far superior [than Intel or Samsung] in mobile execution."TSMC's Mr. Liu insists that his firm is more less tied with Intel, calling Intel's claims of process supremacy "erroneous and based on outdated data". He may technically be right, but it won't be long before Intel has product on the market that once more leapfrogs TSMC in node size.
quote: The next node for TSMC is the 16 nm node (which will finally bring in FinFET designs), expected to be taped out late this year (Q4 2014) or very early next year (Q1 2015). The next node for Intel -- 14 nm -- was already tape out last year. Next year it plans to tape out 10 nm chips, in preparation for a 2016 product launch. Samsung is also expected to tape out 20 nm this year, reach volume production next year.So arguably TSMC is about a year behind Intel in process, at present, and Samsung is a year behind TSMC. Globalfoundries, a fourth major player, is thought to be a little behind Samsung.
quote: "[We are] not going to get into a price war with TSMC."