Taiwan Semiconductor and Samsung ready to unveil revolutionary 5-nanometer chip manufacturing lines
Taiwan Semiconductor and Samsung are ready to roll with their new 5-nanometer chip manufacturing line as they take another step toward end of Moore's Law.
SEOUL, South Korea – Two of the world’s largest foundries -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Samsung -- announced in April that they’d climbed one more rung on the Moore’s Law ladder. IEEE Spectrum reports. Continue reading original article
The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
3 June 2019 -- TSMC officials spoke first, saying their 5-nanometer chip manufacturing process is in what’s called “risk production” -- company officials say they believe they have finished the process, initial customers are taking a chance that it will work for their designs. Samsung followed quickly with a similar announcement.
TSMC says its 5-nanometer process offers a 15 percent speed gain or a 30 percent improvement in power efficiency. Samsung is promising a 10 percent performance improvement or a 20 percent efficiency improvement.
Analysts say these figures are in line with expectations. Compared, though, with the sometimes 50 percent improvements of a decade ago, it’s clear that Moore’s Law is not what it used to be. But judging by the investments big foundries are making, customers still think it’s worthwhile.
John Keller, chief editor
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