Nvidia move to 16nm manufacturing process, paving the way for faster graphics processors.NVIDIA and TSMC announced plans to migrate the production of microprocessors on 28nm manufacturing process directly at the 16 nm FinFET technology with the promise of a significant leap in performance and efficiency achievable next year.
Developed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, manufacturing 16nm FinFET is currently validated on nearly 60 different models of microprocessor controlled companies will be ready for mass production no later than next autumn. The TSMC customers already include Avago Technologies, Freescale, LG Electronics, MediaTek, Nvidia, Renesas Electronics and Xilin, other names will be added along the way.
As for Nvidia, we can expect a review on 16nm core Maxwell used for the current generation of graphics accelerators are available by middle of next year. Given that the current series of high-end video cards still using 28nm manufacturing process, jumping performance obtained should be considerable.
Meanwhile and AMD announced a collaboration with Global Foundries, manufacturer Samsung develops with its own implementation of FinFET technology but using a 14nm manufacturing process. Given that Samsung has already announced plans to launch a 14nm SoC chip next year, we can expect that AMD have something planned for the same period.
Currently it is unclear whether the announcement of collaboration with Global Foundries, AMD owned company until 2008 and then sold to overcome financial difficulties or will not abandon partnership with TSMC.
Regardless of the size of the manufacturing process, 16nm or 14nm, using FinFET transistor technology in the production of microprocessors will bring a considerable increase performance and efficiency for both Nvidia and AMD. It remains to be seen whether the two producers of video cards will synchronize product launches well enough as we get a new price war beneficial for end buyers.
Intel will unify development PC and Mobile processors in one division: Client Computing Group.
Founded in 2011 with the acquisition of the product portfolio of Infineon’s wireless division and Intel Mobile Communications Group had the difficult task of developing hardware platforms with x86 processors giant would have to recover the handicap of the mobile terminals. Rise integrated platforms Atom was rapid and impressive, but it was not sufficient to produce and profit.
Division Mobile and Communications Group has in its portfolio not only Atom mobile platforms, but also hardware solutions 3G wireless, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. Division may assume merits rapid development Atom platform, which in just two years has become an impressive performance solution, and the first radio modems, which have already appeared in a number of phones or tablets produced by Samsung and others. These technical performance but were not found in the quarterly balance sheets, Division Mobile and Communications Group faced with the constant losses amounted to a billion dollars just in the last quarter.
2014 Intel plans to pursue the sale of 40 million chips for phones and tablets, and they are likely to be exceeded. At the same time, the company has provided substantial subsidies to those who have adopted its x86 solutions for mobile or tablet, and the financial strain caused loss of three billion dollars in the first nine months of this year.
In these circumstances, the manager revealed that Brian Krzanich Mobile and Communications Group division will be separated into two distinct entities. The first of these will take over wireless product development and will operate separately under a new name, while teams that developed integrated solutions will be incorporated into the Atom division x86 processors for PC and will work together in the new divisions Client Computing Group.