TSMC starts 7nm mobile processor testing

TSMC starts 7nm mobile processor testing
Not to be outdone by Samsung, which just announced the start of mass 10nm chipset production, the TSMC foundry has apparently begun taping out the 7nm process. From these initial tests to the mass production lines there will be quite some time, so we won't see phones made with the next node barrier until 2018, but the 7nm milestone will be the most challenging so far, so it's good that foundries are making progress.

According to Suk Lee, TSMC's senior director of design infrastructure marketing: "Building on our longstanding FinFET collaboration with Synopsys, this TSMC certification signifies that the tools from the Galaxy Design Platform are now ready for early engagements at 7nm." This milestone jibes with the foundry's promises to begin risk production in the second half of 2017

Samsung won't be far behind, but they'd better focus on the 10nm process first, as Snapdragon 830 may be late in the game if Samsung snubs its production in favor of its own chipsets. Both the 10nm and 7nm nodes are expected to bring the usual drastic reduction in chipset power draw with the concurrent boost in performance, so we can't wait for the first 10nm benchmarks to hit the tape and gauge what next year's flagships will bring to the table.

source: Digitimes

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14 Comments

1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Dumb question. What's below 1 nanometer?

2. iPhoneBolt

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

0.99 nanometer.......

3. AlikMalix unregistered

I think picometer, or something like that.

4. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Angstrom

5. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Angstrom then Picometer

6. Joosty

Posts: 491; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

The race to 1nm begins. Samsung will reach it first, apple will make it better somehow.

9. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

hahahahahahaaa...he said Apple will make i better

12. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

I wonder if they'll be able to go below 4nm.

7. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Haven't other companys learned to stay away from the number 7 by now?

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Windows 7 was the best windows since.. a LONG time

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, windows avoid number 4 and 9... I'm sure they'll skip number 13 in the future

11. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Note 7 was a disguised Note 6 so calm yourself...

10. Gymnastic

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 20, 2016

Huawei mate 7 Honor 7 Those weren't that bad

14. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The industry believes 5nm is the current limit but maybe they will have make some breakthroughs when they reach that.

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