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[TweakTown] TSMC delays the mass production of 16nm FinFET chips by up to 6 months

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TSMC was meant to be ramping up its 16nm FinFET production any time before the end of the month, but the manufacturing company has provided an update for this, saying it is happy with the yield, but is pushing back mass production of 16nm to early 2015.


The company said this would happen in early 2015, but finished by saying it could even fall into Q3 2015. Once TSMC has reached mass production of its 16nm FinFET process, it will provide added performance and power savings when compared to current technologies. TSMC has said that it is happy with the first yields of 16nm FinFET, but will not start mass producing it until around the second half of next year. The company said: "On the yield learning side, the progress [of 16nm] is much better than our original plan".

TSMC continued "This is because the 16nm uses similar [BEOL] process to 20SOC, except for the transistor. Because of the excellent progress in yield learning and readiness in manufacturing maturity and also to meet customers' demand, we plan to pull in 16-nanometer volume production through the end of Q2 next year or early Q3 year 2015". The full reason behind the delay isn't known right now, but the demand of 20nm is growing quick with the launch of the new iPhone, with Apple tapping TSMC for the production of its A8 and A8X chips.

Apple has increased its orders to TSMC, which requires higher production capacities. This leads to TSMC needed to ensure it can sustain producing 16nm tech for other companies, as well as Apple, before it can dive into mass production. We should hopefully hear more about this early next year.


Read more at http://www.tweaktown.com/news/40660/tsmc-delays-the-mass-production-of-16nm-finfet-chips-by-up-to-6-months/index.html
  
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really? Now we have to wait even longer for faster GPU's mad.gif
    
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Gpu progress has come to a screeching halt. Actually, the whole industry has really slowed down. We've apparently reached the end of Moore's law sooner than expected.
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really? Now we have to wait even longer for faster GPU's mad.gif
rumours said that nvidia wouldnt use 20nm on 2015,16nm instead,but they will use TSMC or GloFo?what about amd? They would use 16nm too?
  
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good post OP
Edited by suavebrahhh - 10/18/14 at 5:04pm
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rumours said that nvidia wouldnt use 20nm on 2015,16nm instead,but they will use TSMC or GloFo?what about amd? They would use 16nm too?
can someone help me to remember this?
  
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Oh u, Samsung.
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Gpu progress has come to a screeching halt. Actually, the whole industry has really slowed down. We've apparently reached the end of Moore's law sooner than expected.

Yup. Everything is moving at a snail's pace. Modern CPUs are barely faster than Nehalem, and only slightly faster than Sandy Bridge (overclocked). Broadwell seems like it will also be only a marginal improvement as well, despite the new process.

Hard drives and ram have been stagnant in terms of storage/dollar for years. In fact, the value proposition has actually gotten worse if anything. Samsung was selling 1TB drives 3 years ago for as low as $50 a pop. 8GB of RAM was also $50 back then too, which I think is still less than what DDR3 sells for today.

Video cards seemed to be the one thing that was actually seeing steady progress, but that is obviously coming to an end.

On the bright side, mobile SOCs are advancing faster than Moore's Law, doubling in transistor count every year or so. Also, SSDs are quite affordable now, even for mass storage, and all with incredible performance.
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Gpu progress has come to a screeching halt. Actually, the whole industry has really slowed down. We've apparently reached the end of Moore's law sooner than expected.

If you think about it yes. 28nm is 3 years old and that was since HD 7970. The thing is Intel in on track and their 22nm was their best chips in their history. The problem is TSMC.
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If you think about it yes. 28nm is 3 years old and that was since HD 7970. The thing is Intel in on track and their 22nm was their best chips in their history. The problem is TSMC.

TSMC obviously busy keeping up with Apple SoCs
we haven't even seen 20nm GPUs yet and they're already commenting on later products in the road map?

how does one determine that 22nm Intel are the best released thus far?
     
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