What are the topics are covered? There’s Deep Vision exiting stealth mode, an Analog Matrix Processor, an iPhone 12 teardown, Phoenix funding a TSMC 5nm fab, and Samsung’s rivalry with the Taiwanese company…
5. Deep Vision shipping AI edge processor
Today, Deep Vision, the six year-old Los Altos AI processor specialist, exits stealth mode and launches its ARA-1 inference processor to enable AI vision applications at the edge. The processor is now shipping and comes in three form factors including high-speed USB and PCIe interface options. Founded by Dr. Rehan Hameed and Dr. Wajahat Qadeer in 2015, Deep Vision has raised $19 million and is backed by multiple investors.
4. Mythic does the ‘impossible’
Mythic has announced it’s Analog Matrix Processor (Mythic AMP) which delivers an analogue compute claimed to perform comparably to digital devices. The M1108 AMP opens possibilities for device deployment at the edge in a broad range of applications and markets, including smart home, AR/VR, drones, video surveillance, smart city, and automation on the factory floor.
3. iFixit tears down the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro [Gadget Master]
We haven’t featured the iFixit folk on Gadget Master for a while, but here they are, tearing down the new Apple iPhone 12. To be precise, it’s an iPhone 12 and 12 Pro teardown. The latest flagships from Cupertino feature, just for reference, an Apple A14 Bionic processor (“with fourth-generation Neural Engine”), a 6.1 inch (2,532 × 1,170 pixels) Super Retina XDR OLED display, a 12 MP camera and onboard storage of 64 GB (iPhone 12) and 128 GB (12 Pro). Those have all been declared in the spec, of course, but what else do the teardowners discover?
2. TSMC gets $200m from Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona is to provide $205 million in grants towards TSMC’s $12 billion 5nm fab. “We appreciate the continuous bipartisan support from the U.S. federal, state and city governments,” said a TSMC a spokeswoman, “it gives TSMC and its supply chain partners the confidence this and other future investments will be successful.” Phoenix city council will build three miles of streets for $61 million, spend $37 million on water infrastructure improvements and $107 million in wastewater improvements.
1. Samsung bid to close foundry gap with TSMC [Mannerisms]
Samsung is looking to catch up TSMC in foundry logic in 2022, Park Jae-hong, evp of Samsung’s foundry design platform development, told a meeting last month. That means getting to 3nm at the same time as TSMC. And TSMC plans to start risk production on 3nm next year with mass production in 2022. Whether Samsung can do it depends on two things, whether it can get enough EUV machines installed and yielding and whether it can get GAA transistor-based logic into production and yielding.