TSMC Roadmap Updated: 7nm Production Starting 2018
We know that Globalfoundries is skipping the 10nm process and going directly to the 7nm process. Now, TSMC roadmap has been updated and the foundry claims that it will be ready to take 7nm orders by April 2017 and that production will start the year after that. Foundries play an important role in the tech world. One of the important things about this announcement is that now people can speculate the release of CPUs and GPUs of the same node.
TSMC roadmap shows that the 10nm process will land at the end of the year, so next year they will be working on the 7nm process. 7nm process will allow chips to be more powerful and less power hungry. We will be able to get powerful and efficient chips that are smaller yet they still get the job done.
The 10nm FinFET based process will reduce chip size by 50%. It also enables 50% increase in performance and 40% decrease in power consumption. 7nm will provide an additional performance improvement of 15% and reduction in power consumption by 35%.
On the other hand, transistor density will be increased 163%. TSMC will be trying to keep pace with GlobalFoundries in their attempt to push out 7nm chips in 2018. It should be noted that there is a difference in the marketed performance difference in these processes and that this can vary from foundry to foundry.
We have talked about the AMD Starship CPU and the AMD Gray Hawk APU. Which will be based on Zen. We expect that at least one of these will be made to the 7nm node. What AMD decides to do is up to them in the end and all we can do for now is wait and see what the company offers in the end. The wait is long but I do hope it is worth it in the end.
What do you think about the TSMC roadmap?