Although Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is behind Samsung Foundry with its first-generation FinFET fabrication technology, which is why it lost orders from Apple and Qualcomm, it will still produce chips using 16nm FinFET manufacturing process for other major customers, including Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia Corp.
Advanced Micro Devices plans to use both 14nm FinFET and 16nm FinFET process technologies for its products due next year. It is believed that the company will order 14nm microprocessors from GlobalFoundries, whereas TSMC will concentrate on manufacturing of next-generation AMD Radeon graphics processing units code-named “Greenland” and other using 16nm FinFET process.
Nvidia Corp. added Samsung Foundry into the list of its manufacturing partners earlier this year, but it will continue to use TSMC’s services for its next-generation GP100 graphics chip based on the “Pascal” architecture.
In addition to AMD and Nvidia, the list of TSMC’s 16nm FinFET clients include Apple, Avago, Broadcom, HiSilicon Technologies, LG Electronics, MediaTek and Xilinx, reports DigiTimes web-site.
Samsung Foundry got orders to produce Apple A9 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system-on-chips using its 14nm fabrication process.
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KitGuru Says: Despite the fact that TSMC is late to market with its 16nm FinFET manufacturing process, it looks like the company will still get a lot of orders from its customers.