Processors and NM, two concepts that are intrinsically related, and in which we insist because of its enormous importance. In the end We talk about the size of transistors each chip, and size affects both the speed and energy consumption and, at the same time, in the heat given off by the processor.
This year has been much written about the arrival of the 10 nanometers, whenever that will leave behind the 14 nanometers which is already reached and which accompany the heavyweights of the next year. Both helium and the Snapdragon 835 X 30, and even Apple A11, must arrive with that size. What is now is to look to the future and in TSMC run more than anyone else. Already they seek to reach the 5 nm and, attention also to the 3 NM.
Who wouldn’t want to get beyond?
The date has been set at TSMC is 2020. Within four years from now, in TSMC they want to be able to build chips with 5 nanometer transistors and what not, have come a step further and be developing chips with 3 nanometer technology. It is, in short, a well planned roadmap for which are already beginning to lay the first foundations.
For starters, TSMC already has in mind invest 16,000 million dollars in a factory with the noble aim of dominate the production of smartphones market when finish. In its plan, TSMC should reach 7 NMS for the year 2017 and already be in 5 or 3 nm for your target date, 2020.
An ambitious plan but has still far to go. Give this year 2017 chips 10 nanometers that put into circulation Qualcomm, MediaTek and the own TSMC. If it is that other competitors are not also added such as Huawei, whose recent Kirin 960 already arrived at 16 NM, or Xiaomi with chips of own production that will soon put into circulation.
The challenge will be in the heat dissipation, the main problem was that faced with its 810 Snapdragon Qualcomm and that exceeded once produced new generation hop up to the 820 and current 821. We’ll see what lies ahead in terms of processor therefore recall, have the 3 GHz of clock speed has not yet reached in any of the generations produced so far.
And above all, it subtracted to see Qualcomm response to this movement of TSMC. And also the Samsung. The Koreans also have their own roadmap for the evolution of their Exynos, and competes against TSMC constantly to be done with contracts for the manufacture of Apple chips. Processors market was never as lively as it is now.