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TSMC CEO confirms innovative 16nm mobile processor technology on track for year-end

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TSMC CEO confirms innovative 16nm mobile processor technology on track for year-end
TSMC's CEO Morris Chang confirmed at an investor conference today that the foundry is already at the risk production stage of 20nm chips since Q1 of 2013.

Not only that, but the same stage is coming for the innovative 16nm FinFET chips before the year has rolled over, meaning processors like ARM's Cortex A-57 will be at arm's reach, pun intended, sooner that imagined. 

This technology was hinted for use at a 'breakthrough' Apple product further down the road, and is sure to bring amazing processor performance at record low power envelopes. Intel better step up its mobile efforts indeed.

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posted on 18 Apr 2013, 05:20 6

1. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 296; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


Think of the power!!

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 15:21 2

6. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Intel already is planning full on war againist Arm. Arm is about to be the AMD of the smartphone market.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 08:21

10. serporys (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)


Intel may have a 14nm chip launch this year, but they won't launch ARM's competitor, Atom, on 14nm until the end of 2014, at the very least. And TSMC's chips are set to arrive at 16nm in 2015:

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 00:35

9. vincelongman (Posts: 954; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Just wondering, how far are Qualcomm, Samsungs and Nvidia from making Cortex A-57 and A-53 processors.
Also are more companies going to use ARM's big.LITTLE technology.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 05:25 4

2. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 494; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Yeah,after announcing the quad core intel chips. Here comes the new challenge.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 06:36 4

3. cezarepc (Posts: 524; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


An article from Anandtech shows that current top-end android phones are as powerful as conventional PCs from 2005-2006. 20nm (and surely 16nm) will bring the gap closer.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 15:24 1

7. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Intels chips (PC and phones) will be on 15nm next year, it isn't even close to modern day pcs right now, if intel feels threatened they will just start stacking i7s. Right now it looks like around 10nm is the limit on silicon.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 08:08

4. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


These Manufactures won't be using this till December.

Samsung and Nexus using the first A15s™

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 15:25 1

8. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


I would rather have a samsung phone/nexus powered by a quad core Intel chip. Should be roughly 2x the power of a15 and growing fast.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 10:38 2

5. Meleagru (Posts: 84; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


Still waiting for battery breakthroughs to be brought to market. Smartphones are pretty damn powerful as it is, all I want and need is a longer leash on life.

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