TSMC unveils 65 nm process Posted on 27/04/2005 at 20:03 by Marc
TSMC, the world's largest contract chip maker working for both ATI and NVIDIA has unveiled today new 65 nm fabrication process. After the 100 million 65 nm transistors functional SRAM chip in April 2004, and several chip prototypes with a logical and a memory part for several clients such as Altera, TSMC is now planning to start the production at the end of the year. With the usual production time, the first chips should be available by the end of Q1 2006. The first 65 nm fabrication process chips to be produced in 2005 will be optimized for low power consumption. High speed versions, used for new graphic cards chips, will be ready during 2006 and will be followed by an intermediate version. A SOI and an ultra high speed version will be out in 2007.
The TSMC 65 nm technology will increase the transistor density per wafer (750 milliard for a 300 mm diameter wafer), reduce production costs but also increase the transistor efficiency. So it will be possible else to increase the transistor speed and/or reduce their power consumption.