40nm out the door; 28nm on the floor
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 25, 2009 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Global Foundries has been a star manufacturer recently, with sites focused on this new/old player and the changes Asset Lite means for AMD both product wise and legally. We know their 28nm process is in the works and how they plan on going about overcoming the lead that the grand old manufacturers have, but we haven't heard a lot from those older players. This morning there is news about TSMC from DigiTimes, who plan on large volume production of 28nm chips at the beginning of 2010. This is good news for graphics enthusiasts as nVIDIA uses TSMC and will be buying their 28nm to build next years cards.
"Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is set to unveil Reference Flow 10.0 for the 28nm process at the upcoming Design Automation Conference (DAC) in July 2009, according to industry sources. The world's top contract chipmaker is expected to deliver its 28nm process as a full node technology on schedule.
TSMC in September 2008 said its 28nm node, which will offer the option of high-k metal gate (HKMG) and silicon oxynitride (SiON) materials, will enter volume production in the first quarter of 2010. The pure-play foundry has successfully ramped in 40nm, supported by its latest production-proven design infrastructure Reference Flow 9.0."
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