Nvidia to use Samsung 14nm process of future GPUs


Nvidia to use Samsung 14nm process of future GPUs

Nvidia to use Samsung 14nm process of future GPUs


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. This proves conclusively that in the world of business there are never truly friends or enemies.

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. Right now it is unknown if Nvidia will be manufacturing exclusively with Samsung on 14nm, or if GlabalFoundaries will get some orders on their 14nm process.


Nvidia to use Samsung 14nm process of future GPUs  

Sources from Kores Times had this to say;

“The latest agreement between Samsung and Nvidia is another positive factor lifting Samsung’s logic chip business unit. The timing looks good as increased foundry customers justify the Korean chip giant’s moves to find new revenue sources,”

“The Samsung-Nvidia deal means that there is no enemy and friend in businesses,”


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.

GlobalFoundries has licensed Samsung's 14nm process, allowing them to be able to make similar chips for Nvidia, but right now it is unknown if Samsung will be working with both foundries.


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Most Recent Comments

13-04-2015, 09:44:10

Interesting, let's see where this will lead to, and if it'll really mean better performance.Quote

13-04-2015, 14:00:38

Both AMD and Nvidia should have switched to someone else about 1.5 years ago after the 20nm TSMC process went from bad to skipped... I hope AMD's high management make a good decision this time as it might be a final nail in the coffin.Quote

13-04-2015, 14:12:36

I know this will never happen but.. you'd figure Intel could really really make some money off deals like these. They got the fabs to do so. They are working on 10nm.. no one else could say that.

But in reality TSMC has been struggling. They should have canned 20nm when it went bad and focused on 16nm.Quote

13-04-2015, 15:19:32

Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
But in reality TSMC has been struggling. They should have canned 20nm when it went bad and focused on 16nm.
TSMC? ...Quote

13-04-2015, 15:33:36

Originally Posted by Chrazey View Post
TSMC? ...
They are a fab. A lot of the big companies out there are fab-less and basically create the designs. TSMC is a fab that will actually make the chips.


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