Nvidia Pascal GPU: Samsung Loses Manufacturing to TSMC
Okay so this one is big, Samsung Electronics is not going to be making Nvidia Pascal GPU units in the coming days. Instead, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been awarded the contract.
To put things in perspective, Samsung Electronics is investing to the tunes of millions in the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Area via the Beijing Fund; the funds would be used in semiconductor companies.
Both the companies were competing for the manufacturing contract for the Nvidia Pascal GPU that is going to start shipping in 2016.
Samsung Electronics and TSMC both use different 16-nm FinFETs manufacturing processes and that was one of the reasons for the selection. That being said, Samsung previously used 14-nm FinFETs to produce iPhone 6S’ A9 processors.
Had they picked up the contract for Nvidia Pascal GPU it would have put them in the middle of what is expected to be a major turn towards next generation graphics industry. However, it appears that Nvidia thought it was better to keep relying on the two decade old working relationship with TSMC.
In my personal opinion, the primary reason for sticking with TSMC would be their comparatively greater experience – probably the only thing that Samsung lacks in at this point.