TSMC completes technological leap over Intel And announces a new and amazing milestone - that will enable us to get more efficient chips than ever before the end of the year
The technological progress in the production of processing chips does not cease to amaze us for a moment, and now We get a line on the opening shot In the commercial production of products in the 7 nanometer lithograph at the company TSMC Taiwanese, the largest producer ever among those who do not develop chips themselves - less than a year after announcing a similar milestone for the previous manufacturing process at 10 nm.
A senior chip maker has announced that 7 nanometer chips or Wafers are expected to help increase the company's overall output by about 9 this year, which probably increases the chances that we will receive real products that can be purchased in stores in the coming months - Vega 20 graphics and EPYC processors from the second generation servers, both home I HAVE D, Will be the first products to be based on this innovative process.
TSMC's first 7 generation will continue to be based on the old Deep Ultra Violet (DUV) technology, which uses relatively large wavelengths, with an improved second generation coming during the next year and making the required jump to the EUV (see " A Extreme Ultra Violet, which has been considered for years to be the world of chip manufacturing, with significantly shorter wavelengths that can improve production times and optimal output -GlobalFoundries Which are expected to begin commercial production of their own 7 nanometer chips during the current year or early next year and to increase several times the overall availability of products based on the new era.
This is the place to note once again that there is a difference in the measurement methods of the various manufacturers for the tiny logical gates that make up the chips, and thus the production processes of 7 nanometers and 10 nanometers are not the same between the production plants of the major players in the field - the current estimates are that 7 nanometers TMMC and Samsung will be similar in density to what is intended to offer the new production process Intel At 10 nm. Even if this figure is not accurate and one of the parties in the equation will have a slight advantage over the other - it is clear that the technological leadership that benefited from it Intel Over the years no longer exists in fact.
TSMC's 7 nanometer process will offer transistors in the FinFET configuration, which has already become the industry's default in recent years, with potential for up to 60 improvement in transistor density compared to its 10 nanometer production process and improved performance for 20 Power or alternatively cut power consumption by about 40 per cent for the same performance. Other companies that are supposed to take advantage of this breakthrough are NVIDIA For the graphics cores of its future generations, Bitmain, which develops chips for cryptographic coin mining, Qualcomm for Snapdragon chips, and modems dedicated to the fifth generation - Wapel, probably already for chip God-Apple A12 will be displayed this year.
We are facing a fascinating period in the hardware world - so expect a lot of updates and innovations from us in the near future.