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TSMC's 28nm process node starts volume production

AMD, Nvidia and Qualcomm rejoice
Mon Oct 24 2011, 15:12

CHIP FOUNDRY TSMC has announced that its 28nm process node has entered volume production.

TSMC announced that its roster of chip designers are taking advantage of its 28nm process node with production wafers already being shipped to customers. The firm claims it has more than 80 customer product tape-outs at 28nm, double those of its 40nm process node.

A number of TSMC's customers have been eagerly waiting for the firm to ramp up its 28nm process node, including AMD, Nvidia and Qualcomm. Both AMD and Nvidia rely on TSMC to bake their graphics chips and both firms were on hand to offer supportive comments.

Matt Skynner, corporate VP and general manager of AMD's GPU Division said, "We applaud TSMC's success bringing a robust 28nm process to market, and we look forward to leveraging the benefits of this new process when we ship our next-generation discrete graphics products." And Jeff Fisher, SVP of Nvidia's Geforce Business Unit said, "Our close collaboration in developing 28nm processors will once again deliver the most energy-efficient GPUs and highest-performance graphics processors on the market."

AMD's and Nvidia's statements of support for TSMC's 28nm process node are not surprising as both firms are expected to migrate designs to the process as soon as possible. Qualcomm also came out in support of TSMC's announcement by saying that its Snapdragon S4 will move to 28nm soon.

Last week ARM announced its Cortex A7 architecture and with it made the claim that firms will design and produce Cortex A7 chips at 28nm. Texas Instruments confirmed to The INQUIRER that it is readying Cortex A15 chips fabbed at 28nm already and will start receiving Cortex A7 chips at the same process node soon. Now it seems that Qualcomm isn't too far behind.

TSMC's 28nm process node is absolutely crucial to the competitiveness of its customers. From its customers the announcement brings sighs of relief that they can get their latest designs taped out. µ


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