7nm

  1. S

    TSMC actual 7nm defect rate and therefore yield revealed.

    This is pretty big, because previously all we had were rumors and guesses. TSMC put the value right on a recent slide. https://fuse.wikichip.org/news/2879/tsmc-5-nanometer-update/ 7nm is sitting at ~.09 defect rate. VERY good. That translates into: Navi 10: ~80% Yield of fully working...
  2. S

    Navi 5700 die size, and implications.

    Die size estimates have been floating around ranging from about 255mm2 to 275mm2: https://www.anandtech.com/show/14412/amd-teases-first-navi-gpu-products-rx-5700-series-in-july-25-improved-perf...
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    Ice Lake Brings A New CPU, GPU, IPU, and I/Os, To Follow By Tiger Lake Next Year

    https://fuse.wikichip.org/news/2318/ice-lake-brings-a-new-cpu-gpu-ipu-and-i-os-to-follow-by-tiger-lake-next-year/ Both Tiger Lake and Arctic Sound (Intel’s discrete client graphics solution) are back from the fab. 7nm Xe GPGPUs will launch in 2021. A small mistake: contrary to what says the...
  4. J

    2019 Investor Meeting: Intel Previews Design Innovation; 10nm CPU Ships in June; 7nm Product in 2021

    10nm Process Technology: Intel’s first volume 10nm processor, a mobile PC platform code-named “Ice Lake,” will begin shipping in June. The Ice Lake platform will take full advantage of 10nm along with architecture innovations. It is expected to deliver approximately 3 times faster wireless...
  5. S

    Anandtech: Intel Details Manufacturing through 2023: 7nm, 7+, 7++, with Next Gen Packaging

    Intel is showing manufacturing plan for next 4+ years: https://www.anandtech.com/show/14312/intel-process-technology-roadmap-refined-nodes-specialized-technologies Naturally there will be some skepticism considering the stumbles of 10nm, but OTOH, they no doubt learned a lot from their...
  6. Zarathustra[H]

    Very Excited About Upcoming 7nm Ryzen, but...

    ...I am worried. First off, let me be excruciatingly clear. I have been a long time AMD fan. Some of my favorite times in this computer hobby for me came when I started college, which perfectly coincided with the 1999 Athlon launch. Having been a long time PC builder (since I was 11 and...
  7. cageymaru

    Samsung Announces 5nm EUV Development Milestone

    Samsung has announced that its 5nm FinFet process technology is complete in its development and is ready for customer sampling. Compared to 7nm, Samsung’s 5nm FinFET process technology provides up to a 25% increase in logic area efficiency with 20% lower power consumption or 10% higher...
  8. Zarathustra[H]

    AMD to Simultaneously Launch 3rd Gen Ryzen and Unveil Radeon "Navi" This June

    Our friends over at TechPowerUp have a story up about AMD intending to both Launch their new 7nm Ryzen CPU's and unveil their new Navï based GPU's at the same time this May/June during Computex, presumably during CEO Dr. Lisa Su's Keynote. I think many of us already suspected this might be the...
  9. AlphaAtlas

    TSMC's Profits are Expected to Decline

    The Taiwanese news outlet Digitimes seems to have many sources in the chipmaking industry, and according to their cited "market observers," Taiwain Semiconductor is expected to post their first annual profit drop in 8 years. For reference, both Nvidia and AMD manufacture their latest GPUs on...
  10. AlphaAtlas

    Intel CPU Shortages Are Expected to Worsen in Q2

    Intel is suffering from a 14nm silicon shortage right now, and some industry figures think that boxed DIY processor sales are getting hit particularly hard. Last year, analysts expected the shortage to persist well into the first half 2019, but now, Digitimes Research believes that the supply...
  11. AlphaAtlas

    AMD Investor Slides Confirm 2019 CPU Releases

    On their investor website, AMD recently published a set of slides that confirm the release of 3rd generation Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs some time in 2019. Pro variants of the 2nd generation Ryzen APUs are slated to come out this Spring, while 3rd generation Ryzen desktop processors are...
  12. AlphaAtlas

    AMD's Mark Papermaster Discusses 7nm Process Technology

    In case you missed the original presentation, AMD just uploaded the part of their Next Horizon event where they discussed the upcoming use of 7nm process technology. AMD has traditionally stuck with their former internal fab, GlobalFoundries, for most chip designs, and they're reportedly still...
  13. cageymaru

    TSMC Expected to Lead in Manufacturing AI and 5G Chip Solutions

    Major chipmakers have tapped Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as their foundry partner for advanced AI and 5G solutions. These cutting edge designs will be shown at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade fair. TSMC is "well on track" for its 5nm EUV process to reach volume...
  14. AlphaAtlas

    Asus and Razer Want To Make a "Gaming" Smartphone with Tencent

    A recent report from the Taiwanese news site Digitimes claims that Razer and Asustek are both in talks with the Chinese gaming giant Tencent over the release of a "gaming smartphone that supports Tencent's games." Asus's recently released ZenFone Max Pro is reportedly the last "consumer"...
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    How long will 10nm last?

    I know this seems like a useless question. But, since socket 775 lasted a long while and we've been on 14nm for several years now, when I read Tiger Lake (7nm) (EDIT: I just read it will be on 10nm) will come out soon after Ice Lake (10nm), would it really be worth it to skip 10nm and just...
  16. AlphaAtlas

    TSMC is Allegedly Apple's Sole A13 Supplier

    A recent Digitimes report claims that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be "the exclusive supplier of Apple's custom-designed chips dubbed the A13 that will power the 2019 series of iPhones." Apple sourced chips from multiple foundries in the past, which led to measurable power...
  17. cageymaru

    Here Is the ASRock Phantom Gaming X AMD Radeon VII 16G Graphics Card

    ASRock has launched the product page for its upcoming AMD Radeon VII. The Phantom Gaming X Radeon VII 16G will feature AMD Radeon VII Graphics, 16GB 4096-bit HBM2, 3 x DisplayPort / HDMI, triple fan design, 8K resolution support, 7nm process, a metal backplate and FreeSync 2 HDR support. AMD...
  18. AlphaAtlas

    AMD's 7nm Laptop Processors are Allegedly Coming in Q1 2020

    A recent report from WCCFTech claims that AMD's Zen 2-based laptop CPUs won't hit store shelves until some time around Q1 2020. The publication mentions that the release window isn't set in stone yet, but that it makes sense, seeing how AMD just refreshed their Ryzen APU lineup with 12nm silicon...
  19. cageymaru

    Here Is the AMD EPYC "Rome" C-Ray Demo

    AMD has released a new live demo of its prototype 2nd generation AMD EPYC "Rome" 64 core 7nm CPU vs 2x Intel Xeon Platinum 8180M CPUs where the workload is C-Ray. C-Ray is a floating point intensive benchmark that renders images. The systems in the demo rendered a total of 3 images; a 1080p...
  20. AlphaAtlas

    TSMC Claims 5nm Production is on Track

    Last year, Taiwan Semiconductor, who is responsible for manufacturing all of AMD's recently announced 7nm products and will presumably make Nvidia's 7nm GPUs, said that they'll start 5nm production with full EUV in April 2019 last year. But making chips at bleeding edge nodes is a hard business...
  21. AlphaAtlas

    AMD Confirms Refreshed Radeon Product Stack for 2019

    In an interview with The Street, AMD CTO Mark Papermaster more or less confirmed that they will refresh AMD's GPU lineup in 2019. More specifically, he said "we'll round out the Radeon roadmap," and claimed they will "refresh" GPUs across the roadmap, but he fell short of giving any specifics...
  22. AlphaAtlas

    Here are AMD's Radeon VII Benchmarks

    AMD announced their Radeon VII card yesterday, and made some interesting performance claims to go with it. AMD says their 7nm Vega Radeon is at least 25% faster than Vega 64, and showed a few benchmarks with even higher gains during their CES presentation. But, in footnotes buried in their...
  23. AlphaAtlas

    AMD Previews 7nm Ryzen CPUs at CES

    At their 2019 CES keynote, AMD's CEO Lisa Su revealed a new generation of Ryzen processors built on TSMC's 7nm process. First, AMD demo'd an "early version" of the upcoming processor on Forza 4, and AMD claims it consistently ran the game at over 100 FPS. Then, they pitted the 8 core, 16 thread...
  24. AlphaAtlas

    Radeon 7 Goes on Sale February 7

    AMD just announced the Radeon 7 GPU at their CES keynote. This is presumably the gaming-oriented variant of their previously announced Vega datacenter GPU, and it will be built on Taiwan Semiconductor's 7nm process. The Radeon 7 GPU sports 60 Compute Units that run at up to 1.8Ghz, and also...
  25. AlphaAtlas

    SemiWiki Compares TSMC's and Samsung's 7nm Processes

    Chip manufacturing processes play a critical role in the performance, and price, of CPUs and GPUs, but the chip making market is different than it was a few years ago. Globalfoundries dropped out of the bleeding edge process race, while rumors suggest that Intel's fabs aren't really a viable...
  26. AlphaAtlas

    Ryzen 3000 Processors Listed on Russian Retail Site

    Just a week ahead of CES 2019, where AMD allegedly has plans to launch new Ryzen processors, the Russian retailer E-Katalog listed several Ryzen 3000 series "Matisse (Zen 2)" processors. At the top of the stack, the Ryzen 9 3800X features 16 cores and 32 threads, a 3.9Ghz base clock, a 4.7Ghz...
  27. AlphaAtlas

    Huawei to be TSMCs First EUV Customer

    The Taiwanese Commercial Times reports that Huawei will be TSMC's first customer to use their "7+ nanometer" and 5nm EUV processes. Many chip companies, including Huawei, Apple, and AMD, already have publicly announced 7nm chips from TSMC in the pipeline, but those chips reportedly won't be...
  28. AlphaAtlas

    AMD Rumored To Launched New Consumer GPU and APUs at CES

    According to WCCFtech's Usman Pirzada, AMD is going to launch "Ryzen 300 Series CPUs, Ryzen 3000 Series (APUs?) with Vega Graphics and a consumer Radeon graphics card" at CES 2019. Unfortunately, his source didn't go into specifics with any of the products, but past rumors indicated that the...
  29. AlphaAtlas

    Apple, Qualcomm and HiSilicon Drop Some 7nm Orders

    Citing a report from the Chinese-language Commercial Times, Digitimes claims that TSMC's 7nm capacity is "unlikely to be fully utilized in 2019". The report cites recent cutbacks in orders from Apple, HiSilicon and Qualcomm, which means those companies could foresee a slump in the smartphone and...
  30. cageymaru

    AdoredTV Discusses the Recent AMD Ryzen and Radeon 3000 Series Leaks

    AdoredTV has released a new video entitled "Ryzen 3000, Radeon 3000 Series LEAKS - It's Game On!" where he compares his trusted source of leaks to the "fake" leaks that were posted recently. He analyzes the differences in nomenclature and clock speed due to binning. Then he ties it all together...
  31. cageymaru

    TSMC Challenges Intel Dominance in Chipmaking

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is challenging 30 years of Intel dominance in chipmaking. Intel estimates that yields for its 10nm process node will be viable by the end of 2019. Top tech companies such as Apple, AMD, NVIDIA and others are flocking to TSMC for their cutting edge...
  32. AlphaAtlas

    AMD's 7nm Products Provoke Interesting Industry Responses

    In their coverage of AMD's 7nm EPYC and Vega launches, EE Times dug up some interesting responses from the scientific community and other parts of the computing industry. While there was the usual anticipation of performance gains that come with any launch, some scientists replying to the story...
  33. cageymaru

    An In-Depth Analysis of the 7nm 64-Core AMD EPYC "Rome" Server Processor

    Charlie Demerjian of SemiAccurate has written an in-depth analysis of the 7nm 64-core 9-die AMD EPYC "Rome" server processor. He hypothesizes over the real world performance potential for the processor versus benchmarks by analyzing the chip's design features. He explains why the 14nm IOX chip...
  34. cageymaru

    AMD EPYC Rome 64-Core Server Versus Intel Dual Socket Xeon Platinum Benchmark

    HotHardware has video of the C-Ray raytracing benchmark shown at the AMD Horizon Event. The AMD exhibit demonstrated just how powerful the new 7nm EPYC Rome architecture is with its new chiplet design that was leaked by AdoredTV. An Intel 8180M dual socket Xeon Platinum CPU server with 56...
  35. cageymaru

    AMD Unveils World's First 7nm Datacenter GPUs with PCIe 4.02 Interconnect

    AMD unveiled the world's first lineup of 7nm GPUs for the datacenter that will utilize an all new version of the ROCM open software platform for accelerated computing. "The AMD Radeon Instinct MI60 and MI50 accelerators feature flexible mixed-precision capabilities, powered by high-performance...
  36. cageymaru

    Department of Defense Seeks American Foundries for Cutting Edge Process Nodes

    Policy makers at the Department of Defense (DoD) are concerned with the current American landscape of innovative DMEA-accredited Trusted Foundries partners. The US government would prefer that sensitive chips for military applications be created here in America. IBM was entrusted to perform...
  37. AlphaAtlas

    Samsung Begins 7nm EUV Production

    Samsung announced their 7nm EUV process some time ago, and it looks like production came right on schedule. In a press release, Samsung announced that it finished development of its 7nm LPP EUV process, and is starting wafer production. The new process uses extreme ultraviolet radiation with a...
  38. AlphaAtlas

    TSMC Will Make All of Apple's A13 Chips

    Sources tell Digitimes that TSMC will the the sole supplier of Apple's 7nm A13 chips in 2019. With Globalfoundries out of the leading edge process game, that means AMD, Nvidia, and other chip designers like Mediatek and Huawei will have to share TSMC's 7nm production capacity with the 800 pound...
  39. cageymaru

    TSMC to Start 5nm Production with Full EUV in April 2019

    TSMC has taped out its first chip with limited use of extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) and will start risk production on a 5nm node with full EUV in April 2019. "TSMC said that N5 will deliver 14.7% to 17.7% speed gains and 1.8 to 1.86 area shrinks based on tests with Arm A72 cores. The...
  40. cageymaru

    TSMC Receives 7nm and 5nm AI Chip Orders for 2019 as Smartphone Sales Decelerate

    According to a Digitimes report, TSMC has received new orders for the production of 7nm and 5nm AI chips in 2019. AI chips are expected to lead the demand for TSMC's sub-10nm chip capabilities over smartphone SoC's as smartphone manufacturers take a wait and see approach to phone sales. As...
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