史上半導體業最大併購案，蘋果晶片供應商安華高（Avago）以 370 億美元天價收購博通（Broadcom）之後，將躋身全球第三大半導體廠，合併案宣布後不到 1 個月，博通總裁暨執行長麥葛瑞格（Scott McGregor）首度公開現身表示，半導體界謹奉的摩爾定律失效，是博通決定被安華高購併的最大主因。
The challenges in the supply chain logistics for semiconductors continue to increase, but the 10nm node will give one more opportunity to gain large benefits from technology scaling.
In March 2012, International Business Strategies (IBS) projected that gate costs at 20nm and 16/14nm would be higher than previous generations of technology. The analysis of the gate cost for 10nm now exhibits a different pattern, shown in the figure below.
While IBS did not project that scaling would stop, it predicted that cost penalties will occur with the adoption of 20nm bulk CMOS HKMG and 16/14nm FinFETs. These predictions on gate cost have been shown to be correct, and while 20nm products are in high volume for Apple, wafer capacity at 20nm is much lower than at 28nm.
Nvidia has said it will wind down its Icera wireless modem business as it looks to exit the mobile computing market, where it has struggled to compete against the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung.
The move comes ahead of the chipmaker’s earnings report for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, which is due to arrive on Thursday. The early announcement suggests Nvidia may be expecting another miss for its Tegra system-on-chip division this quarter.