Samsung and TSMC to fight over supremacy with 7nm chip production

Samsung and TSMC to fight over supremacy with 7nm chip production
According to TSMC chairman Morris Chang, Samsung will be the main challenger in the battle for leadership in the production of chips using the 7nm process. Starting next year, chips using the 7nm process will undergo risk production at TSMC. That means that the latter will use a test chip, not one designed by a company, and run it through the manufacturing process to make sure things are rolling off the line as they should be. In 2018, volume production should begin.

Chang says that TSMC has a technological advantage over Samsung, and should end up the leader in this new, but important, sector of the chip market. While Intel also is expected to introduce chips made using the 7nm process, that company has more of a friendly relationship with the chip giant.

TSMC co-CEO Mark Liu reported during the company's annual technology forum last month, that it has reached a 30% to 40% yield on 7nm 128MB SRAM chips. The executive says that TSMC will be the first to have its 7nm production certified.

Volume production of TSMC's 10nm process will start by 2017, according to Liu. Depending on when this volume production really takes place, the Apple A10 inside the new iterations of the iPhone coming later this year (Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus and the rumored Apple iPhone 7 Pro) will either employ the 10nm process or continue to use the 14nm process used on TSMC's version of the Apple A9. Smaller process nodes result in chips that use less energy and run faster.

TSMC is expected to produce 100% of Apple's A10 chip as opposed to the A9 where it shares the duty with Samsung.

source: Digitimes

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10 Comments

1. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

I wonder whats going to happen once Moore's law hits its limit.

2. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

IBM to the rescue, I heard they used a different material and successfully came up with chips with 4-5nm architecture process

4. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Don't worry! Moore's Law will become obsolete in few years...

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Yeah IBM have used sillicon-germanium as in place of sillicon !! And they have managed to produce 7nm chip with that!!! 400% performance over 14nm chip!!

8. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah, but we are heading quickly towers the limits, course there's been experiments with using single atoms as transistors, no clue how it works but apparently it 'can' work.

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

towards obviously.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Moore's law is sort of already dead At least at Intel it is, Tick-Tock is over, now there's an optimization phase as well (Intel's 14nm is more dense than TSMC/Samsung's 16/14nm, dispite similar naming) From what I've read, for 7nm they will use multi-patterning and immersion, and possibly EUV, although EUV likely wont be until 5nm (I believe Samsung claim they start partially using EUV at 7nm) For 5nm, I believe most reports are that they will transition from finFETs to Gate-all-around FETs (GAA FETs, aka nanowires), Intel may transition earlier, like the move to finFETs Its also likely we will see some SoC makers turn to FD-SOI (Fully Depleted-Silicon On Insulator), especially for low and med end devices

3. elephone

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 13, 2016

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6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

meanwhile, intel and samsung already using 10nm fabrication.. TSMC always late

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

?? Both Intel and Samsung use 14nm as far as I know Intel: Skylake iX-6XXX is all in 14nm Samsung: Exynos 8890 is 14nm LPP Can I ask where your info comes from?

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