TSMC Will Manufacture Nvidia Volta on a 12nm Process
Although Nvidia has released a new line of graphics cards not too long ago including the brand new GTX 1080 Ti, the company is already hard at work for their new line of GPU’s, which has been given de codename Volta. In terms of performance, it’s expected that it will be a leap similar to the transition of Maxwell to Pascal. In any case, it should provide a significant performance improvement. Aside from being the next generation of performance desktop and laptop GPU’s, Nvidia’s Volta will also be used alongside the Nvidia Xavier ‘supercomputer’ SoC for artificial intelligence and automated driving applications.
Thanks to a report that was published by DigiTimes in Taiwan, we know that the chip manufacturer TSMC will start producing the next generation of NVIDIA GPU’s on a 12nm process, according to the Chinese Commercial Times. Further timescales or other relevant information regarding price or release date were not announced.
Some of the improvements listed for use in next-gen Nvidia Volta GPU’s
It is worth noting however that is unsure whether the chips are being manufactured at 12nm or an improved version of the current 16nm process. A Chinese translation of the published report indicates that the 12nm process is simply marketing talk. Because TSMC has optimized their 16nm FFC production technology, costs and leakage are lowered which would allow the marketing department to label these chips as if they were being manufactured at 12 nanometers.