Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturing giant TSMC announces 6nm chip manufacturing process, a cost-effective enhancement of its industry-leading 7nm tech
In the past few years, TSMC is making some great improvements in technology that is helping to bring an evolution to the Silicon Industry. The same company is responsible to serve tech giants like Apple, Qualcomm, Huawei AMD, NVIDIA and others.
The recent 7nm manufacturing process is laid down by TSMC only, which is helping to bring innovation by giants like Qualcomm, Huawei, AMD who have brought products like Snapdragon 855, Kirin 980, Radeon VII based on this same technology.
TSMC recently has announced a new 6 nanometer or N6 process for manufacturing smartphone processors. The new 6nm process not only provides a significant enhancement of its industry-leading 7nm technology but also offers customers with highly competitive performance-to-cost advantage.
The new 6nm technology will incorporate the same extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography that was previously gained from the N7+ technology. TSMC unveiled its N7+ process which involves the incorporation of EUV on TSMC’s original 7nm lithography.
This process will be used on Huawei’s Hisilicon Kirin 985 chip which is said to have entered risk production. TSMC has also served Apple by providing the 7nm design for their A12 Bionic chip, and also Apple will be using the 7nm+ architecture or N7+ process for the upcoming A13 chip.
The new 6nm process delivers up to 18% higher logic density over the original 7nm process despite having the design rules fully compatible with TSMC’s successful N7 technology.
This compatibility helps its comprehensive 7nm design ecosystem to be reused for the newer one, which in turn helps in seamless migration path with a fast design cycle time.
When we have just entered the era of products based on 7nm chips, the manufacture of 6nm chips have already been started in risk production and by 2020 we can see devices using these chips in masses.
The cost-effective benefits of the 6nm process range from improvement in AI, consumer applications, networking, 5G infrastructure, GPU, and high-performance computing.
So next we can not only expect more 7nm chips but also we will see 7nm ‘Pro’ chips based on N7+ process by 2019.
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