TSMC is already prototyping 7nm chips scheduled for production in early 2018

TSMC is already prototyping 7nm chips scheduled for production in early 2018
Together with Samsung and Intel, processor production powerhouse TSMC is currently pushing 10nm chipsets for this year's high-end mobile devices. But TSMC is reportedly ready to tackle 7nm chips as early as this year's second half before entering full production in early 2018. TSMC is at the stage of handling "Tape out" – the last step in the design process for the prototype chip before commencing mass production. However, it's not unusual for additional revisions to be made after tape out is complete, and before the chips are manufactured at scale.

Customers interested in TSMC's 7nm chips include the likes of Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Nvidia. Apple is a likely potential candidate as well, seeing that the Taiwanese chip maker is reportedly tasked with producing 10nm chips for this year's iPhones. Current iPhone and iPad models utilize 16nm chips. The switch to 10nm will alow for smaller and more power-efficient microprocessors.

TSMC is expected to share more 7nm process progress information at the company's upcoming investor conference on January 15.

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9 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1661; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

TSMC is number 1 chipmaker!

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I concur.

8. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Only if they can meet demand because in the past they have struggled with output due to having less fabs which caused issues for nVidia, AMD and others that rely on them. Hopefully they have invested into increased production as 7nm is quite a feat in lithograpgy especially without quantum tunneling issues.

7. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

And soon Samsung will announce 5nm and ddr5 ram Lol. But TSMC still making better bigger core single core than Samsung that's why Apple still stick with them.

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

TSMC and Samsung are manufacturers. Nothing to do with single-core at all.

12. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

13. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Once again it literally does nothing to do with single-core score.

11. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Price is more likely a deciding factor for Apple than performance (which is pretty much a wash, some tests say the TSMC A9 was faster, others tests prove the Samsung version to be faster and more efficient).

14. AlikMalix unregistered

Is that why A_ and A_X chips are faster than anything even today? Apple does have to source several manufactures to keep up with demand, it always has... Tests shown TSMC to be faster than Samsung... Sorry. But yes, Apple does shop for "best bang for the buck" - do you really think other companies are different? Really?

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