TSMC starts production of 16nm FinFET chips in second quarter 2015




TSMC will start in the second quarter of 2015 with the production of 16nm chips, while the company has only just begun the transition to 20nm to making. The group would be a quarter on his schedule ahead of ourselves. In 2016, wants to start the 10nm production. The chip company

TSMC logo 200px TSMC gave a presentation on the upcoming production nodes in the presentation of its quarterly results. At the end of 2015 to the 16nm chips between 7 to 9 percent of turnover and in 2017 the main part of the revenue to come from 16nm chips. This year TSMC aims to achieve 60 tape outs of 16nm chips, or producing test chips. In September TSMC was already a functioning-20nm FinFET-soc. Current test chips can be clocked up to 2.3GHz and could reach an idle power consumption of 75mW, writes EETimes based on TSMC-explanatory.

The move to smaller production process allows for faster and more efficient programs as socs processors for smartphones and tablets as possible. The recent increase in performance of Apple A8 and A8X-socs for example, are largely attributable to the move to 20nm transistors. Those 20nm production made in the third quarter, 9 percent of TSMC’s sales, compared with 34 percent for the 28nm-based production. TSMC is embroiled in a battle with Samsung, which is working with GlobalFoundries on 14nm FinFET chips. Samsung also launched the production of those chips in 2015. FinFET transistor is short, a type with a larger gate surface, similar to Intel’s Trigate transistors. That should ensure efficient transistors and makes the transition to smaller process are possible.

The socs for mobile applications will Incidentally, first make the move to smaller production process, other chips like GPUs follow later. Furthermore, it will be some time before TSMC will use the chip machines of the new-generation EUV ASML. Even the 10nm-production will still be done on the basis of immersielitografie, wherein use is made of cost-increasing mulitpatterningprocessen. Is



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