14nm Pascal GPUs In Progress, Launch Expected by the End of the Year
Samsung has reportedly secured a contract to make 14nm Pascal GPUs before the end of the year. This is according to South Korea’s Chosun Biz newspaper which cited unnamed sources for the news.
We know that the Nvidia’s latest GeForce GTX 10 Series GPUs are built using the 16nm FinFET process by the long term partner TSMC. For long, Nvidia kept stuck to 28nm process node, so moving to a much smaller node with Pascal architecture was a big jump. It offered greater power efficiency and improved the overall performance per watt compared to previous gen products.
Now, Nvidia’s shifting from TSMC’s 16nm to Samsung’s 14nm process is an interesting move as it would enable the company to further shrink its Pascal GPU architecture. According to the report, Nvidia is testing the new 14nm Pascal GPU product line at one of its factories in South Korea; however, there is no information about the percentage of orders Samsung has received.
Pascal will be followed by Nvidia Volta which will likely use the same process node but with a new architecture. If a recent report is to be believed, Nvidia is already developing three high-end GPUs based on the Volta architecture. Volta GPUs will offer a serious improvement in terms of performance and power efficiency over current gen chips.
We know that AMD’s latest Polaris GPUs are also built on 14nm FinFET node but the process is developed by Global Foundries not Samsung. Meaning, with Nvidia shifting to 14nm won’t affect production.
Nvidia hasn’t officially confirmed the report as yet, and neither did Samsung. We’ll update with more information when it comes in.