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Nvidia to go 14nm with Samsung instead of 16nm with TSMC

Nvidia to go 14nm with Samsung instead of 16nm with TSMC

Nvidia to go 14nm with Samsung instead of 16nm with TSMC

Nvidia to go 14nm with Samsung instead of 16nm with TSMC

 

While this year Samsung's profits have dropped for their Smartphone and tablet divisions, things are looking good for their chip and foundry divisions as Nvidia has reportedly switched to Samsung's 14nm FinFET process node for upcoming chip designs over TSMC's 16nm FinFET process. 

This is a big change as Nvidia has been a long time customer of TSMC and also will be slightly awkward move for the company given their recent Lawsuits with Samsung. 

Samsung's 14nm FinFET process node is said to be coming into full production a full quarter ahead of TSMC's 16nm process, meaning that Nvidia's switch should get Nvidia chips on a next-generation process to the market earlier.    

 

Nvidia to go 14nm with Samsung instead of 16nm with TSMC  

Park Yu-ak, an analyst at Meritz Securities, had this to say.

 

"Global AP makers are likely to focus on lowering the cost of production this year in order to offset a decline in AP prices."

"Samsung's system semiconductor business is going to mass produce and supply chips to Apple, Qualcomm, and Nvidia starting in the second quarter of this year. As a result, the Korean tech giant is projected to exhibit stellar performance."

 

Faster time to market seems to be the main reason for Nvidia's move to Samsung's 14nm, but it is also suspected to have slightly better performance characteristics than TSMC's 16nm FinFET process, especially given how Apple has also gone back to Samsung for the production of their SoC's after using TSMC's 20nm proces for their A8 chip.

Nvidia is yet to unveil what kind of chips they will be first be making on the 14nm process, but given their most recent Roadmaps a tablet/Mobile SoC with Nvidia's Denver CPU cores and a Maxwell GPU core is most likely. 

 

You can join the discussion on Nvidia's move to Samsung's 14nm FinFET process over TSMC's 16nm FinFET Process on the OC3D Forums.

 

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