Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC for short, is increasing its production volume for its 7nm transistor process node to meet growing demand from semiconductor manufacturers. These fabless companies are reportedly skipping the 10nm node and going straight for the denser transistor tech.
TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process will be 1.6 times denser than the 10nm FinFET process node technology. The semiconductor foundry believe this will equate to, roughly, 20% speed improvements and 40% power reduction over the previous node, which has swayed more manufacturers towards adopting it sooner than expected.
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In the first quarter of 2018, TSMC was the third largest semiconductor manufacturer by total sales, just below Samsung and Intel. Both AMD and Nvidia now rely on TSMC to produce some, or most, of their products. Nvidia rely on TSMC’s fabs for its 16nm GPUs - such as Pascal, however, so far only AMD has announced plans for TSMC’s 7nm node.
The report from DigiTimes, sourcing industry insiders, indicates TSMC had moved forward volume production of its ‘N7’ 7nm tech to Q2 2018, and that TSMC expects sales from 7nm to account for over 20% in Q4 2018, and 10% across the year.