LONDON – Consolidated net sales at foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) in March were NT$44.13 billion (about $1.47 billion), an increase of 18.9 percent over March 2012.
First quarter revenues totaled NT$132.76 billion (about $4.43 billion), an increase of 25.7 percent compared to the same period in 2012. At the announcement of the company's 4Q12 financial results TSMC said they expected 1Q13 revenue of between NT$127 billion and NT$129 billion.
Rival foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) reported March sales of NT$9.60 billion (about $320 million), up 6.9 percent on March 2012. UMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) first quarter sales of NT$27.78 billion (about $930 million) were up 5.8 percent on the same period a year before.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.