TSMC kicks off 16nm FinFET manufacturing in 2013, to test EUV at 10nm in 2015

TSMC kicks off 16nm FinFET manufacturing in 2013, to test EUV at 10nm in 2015
TSMC has confirmed its plans to aggressively pursue 16nm FinFET chip manufacturing by the end of 2013, and it also expects extreme UV lithography to allow it to make 10nm silicon in late 2015.

TSMC is the world’s largest semiconductor foundry, but is facing competition from Globalfoundries and Samsung. Led by 50-year silicon veteran Morris Chang, TSMC still expects growth in the teens this year while other fabless companies forecast 9% growth in 2013.

“It looks like we have another 7 to 8 years ahead in advances -- maybe more -- we can see in technology down to 10 and even 7nm,” said the TSMC CEO Chang.

“Moore’s Law is going to go on and we will be there -- if anyone pursues it, we will pursue it,” he told an audience of several hundred chip designers.

source: EE Times



1. cmatej000

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2. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

What after they reach 0nm ?

4. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lowest possible is around 5-7nm. After that they'll have to make a new way to produce these chips or find out how to make them smaller.

6. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

At that point, chips will need a radical redesign from the ground up, or new materials for the transistors. Some candidates for this is carbon nanotubes, germanane, molybdenum sulfide, etc. While the gaps may not close much more than that with these materials, they switch easier, conduct electricity much more effectively and thus can have much higher clock speeds as a result... theoretically :)

3. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Wasn't there a stink about it not really being 10nm? It's actually 1X or something so it could be 10nm but it's most likely 19nm.

5. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Graphene is the future, Graphene may help making several times faster chips with low power consumption.

7. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Graphene has a few years until they make it commercially viable and easily manufactured. The logical next step, already in progress, is 3D stacking. Chips on top of chips, building up without building out

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