TSMC begins first test production 16nm FinFET chips




TSMC begins first test production 16nm FinFET chips

TSMC has started test production of 16nm FinFET chips, which the manufacturer is on the schedule. In the last quarter of 2014, the process must be optimized so that TSMC may start mass production so far. In January 2014, the mass production of 20nm begins.

Earlier TSMC announced in the first quarter of 2015 with the large-scale production of 16nm chips to start. Probably the production can be put something in motion earlier because the group reported to have. Already started test production of chips Mass production is expected to commence over a year now. F infet is a transistor having a greater gate type. The type is also used by Intel, but is then called Trigate transistor.

Co-CEO Mark Liu TSMC said , according to Digitimes further at a meeting with chain partners that mass production of 20nm-socs in the first quarter of 2014 can begin. Include Apple is expected to use the 20nm manufacturing capability of TSMC for its A8-socs, writes the Taiwanese newspaper Commercial Times. Also, Qualcomm, Nvidia and Broadcom have however again at TSMC reported to produce their socs.

TSMC expects substantial growth in the coming years, driven by continued growth of the market for mobile devices. Even rival Intel recently announced using TSMC’s 28nm production for its use Sofia to offer. Atoms-as cheap as possible for budget-tablets and smartphones In time SOFIA be otherwise produced by Intel itself at 14nm.

TSMC has invested to make. Production possible on smaller and smaller processes with competitors Samsung and Intel in the Dutch equipment manufacturer ASML This is important for semiconductor manufacturers to make. Becoming more efficient and cheaper chips Intel currently produces at 22nm and make next year with the move to 16nm Broadwell.

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