TSMC plans to move to 7nm in 2018

TSMC will be moving to 7nm without EUV technology

TSMC plans to move to 7nm in 2081

TSMC plans to move to 7nm in 2018

Demand is growing for increasingly advanced process technologies, whether it is to reduce the cost of manufacturing, increase circuit density, increase performance or decrease power consumption. 
TSMC is already making products on their new 10nm FinFET process, though the company is looking to further advance their technology due to increased competition in recent years from Samsung. This has prompted TSMC to accelerate their 7nm plans, with reports from DigiTimes stating that they plan to utilise DUV technology and not move straight to EUV. This is likely due to the low production rate of EUV machinery, which is currently in high demand. 
EUV technology can produce better chips, at least in theory, but the equipment is not quite as usable or readily available for widespread industrial applications as DUV, which means that we should not expect a full EUV production node for at least another few years. 
It seems that TSMC is gearing up to produce 7nm products in 2018, deciding to delay their use of EUV technology until the technology improves and is more readily available. 


TSMC plans to move to 7nm in 2081


At the time of writing, Globalfoundries is also set to be ready for volume production on their own 7nm processing node in 2018, with plans to introduce EUV elements as the process matures. This process will be used with AMD's upcoming Zen 2 and Navi CPU/GPU architectures, relying primarily on DUV technology. 


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20-07-2017, 11:01:12

7nm will almost certainly be the starting gun for the next generation of consoles, so I guess this will push them out to at least a 2019, probably 2020 release.Quote

20-07-2017, 13:43:30

Not a lot of EUV right now anyway. They will move to it asap though it'll likely be after AMDs next gen stuff since they announced Zen 2/Navi are 7nmQuote

20-07-2017, 14:05:04

Judging by recent roadmaps from AMD and Globalfoundries, it looks like there will not be any EUV until around Zen 3 and the generation after Navi.

Glofo's 7nm will only get EUV tech when they create their second and third generation 7nm nodes, which is likely what AMD refers to when they talk about 7nm+

This means that Navi and Zen 2 almost certainly be made on their vanilla 7nm node, which is fully DUV.


20-07-2017, 14:33:52

I know, that is what i said in much less wordsQuote

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