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

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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10 Comments

1. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Think of the power!!

6. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

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

10. serporys

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 20, 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:

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

2. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

3. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 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.

7. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

4. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

These Manufactures won't be using this till December. Samsung and Nexus using the first A15s™

8. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

5. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 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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