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ARM, TSMC partner together to work on 7nm manufacturing process
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Mar 16, 2016, 12:47 PM
 
TSMC is working with ARM to produce a FinFET process for the creation of 7nm chips, processors that could end up inside future iOS devices. Following on from earlier work for 16nm and 10nm FinFET processes, the manufacturer and chip designer will collaborate on the new thinner processor mass production methods, which aim to create lower-powered, higher-performance System-on-Chips (SoC) for use in devices within a few years.

Under the partnership, which also extends existing agreements for the 16nm and 10nm processes, TSMC and ARM will aim to start production of the 7nm chips by next year, according to The Register, with full production thought to take place sometime in 2018. While ARM will design the processor cores, TSMC will be concentrating on the production process itself, with the partnership benefiting the companies in their respective fields.

So far, IBM has shown it is able to create 7nm processors, though in a laboratory and not via a commercially-viable process, something that shows to TSMC that it can be done. If TSMC is able to perfect its own system of creating 7nm chips, it immediately becomes more attractive to its customers for future chip production. A 7nm manufacturing process is likely to help retain Apple as a customer for future iterations of its chip designs.

It is currently believed TSMC is the sole producer of Apple's A10 processors, a chip expected to make an appearance in upcoming Apple device launches, such as the next iPhone or iPad, with the company's 10nm manufacturing technology allegedly helping clinch the deal.
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Mar 16, 2016, 01:38 PM
 
I think you need to check your title. Is it ARM or AMD? (hint, it's not AMD).
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Impressive if they pull it off. At 7nm, features can be under 35 atoms across.
     
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