Struggling Japanese chipmaker is talking with foreign companies about selling the mobile chip business which has been loss-making since buying it from Nokia in 2010.
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Taiwanese chipmaker joins Samsung and Nvidia in the space for mobile quad-core chipsets, and targets mid to high-end smartphones and China market.
Intel Labs and Industrial Technology Research Institute say tests for their experimental memory array architecture will begin next year and is designed for use in mobile devices and data centers.
The showcase of its Godson-3B1500 processor demonstrates China's chipmaking ability and helps it wean off its dependency on foreign vendors.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company says it plans to start production of the next-gen wafers in 2018, instead of 2015.