WE'VE BEEN wondering about the seemingly endless delays to TSMC's 40ish nm process, and finally found someone to spill the beans as to why. The culprit is leakage.
People close to the foundry tell us that the TSMC 40nm process is something akin to a screen door on a submarine when it comes to electrons.
The Taiwanese elves have been badgering away at the problem for a long time, and while they do have a cunning plan, we are told it doesn't really work.
This means that the power savings from the 55 -> 40 shrink are going to be minimal to negative, best case results are minor gains.
If there is an optical shrink or a minor tweak to the parts, you will basically end up in the same place speed and capability wise. If you are looking for better GPUs from ATI or Nvidia this spring and summer, don't hold your breath.
It will result in cost savings for the manufacturers though, so cheaper may be in order, but faster is extremely unlikely. µ
Galaxy Fold... more like Galaxy F***ed
And the nostril-facing webcam has been replaced
No port in a publicity storm
It never worked properly, so why fix it