NVIDIA graphics cards 7-nm GPU will appear in 2020
NVIDIA plans to order the production of its 7-nm chips of the future generation not from the traditional partner, TSMC, but from Samsung. It is argued that this choice is due to the fact that Samsung in the 7-nm process will be able to offer EUV-lithography, which will further reduce the cost of production. On the other hand, this means that the next generation of Turing graphics accelerators will be released only in 2020.
Technology with 7-nm standards is no longer something new for the graphics market. AMD announced the release of the first GPU with the application of such standards, and graphics cards built on 7-nm Navi processors should appear on the market during 2019. NVIDIA is not in a hurry to master the 7-nm standards and continues to be satisfied with the 12-nm technology, which is printed chips generation Turing.
Now, in the Japanese industry press there were reports that among the first customers for the new 7-nm EUV-technological process of Samsung will be not only IBM, but also NVIDIA. At the same time, Samsung promises to launch a pilot production of 7-nm products only in the second half of 2019 with the start of mass production in 2020. And this may mean that the next generation of NVIDIA chips, known under the codename Ampere, will not be released earlier than a year.
NVIDIA itself did not make any comments on the change of the production partner, so until recently it was believed that Ampere would be produced according to the classic 7-nm FinFET technology at TSMC enterprises. But appeared a message about the collaboration with Samsung could mean major changes in the strategy of the company. It seems that NVIDIA was very unhappy with the too high cost of production Turing: these chips were too large and complex. The transition to the 7-nm norm together with switching to EUV-lithography, which Samsung offers, will reduce the size of crystals and simplify the process, which will give a noticeable gain in cost.
TSMC also plans to implement EUV lithography, but only in the second generation of the 7nm process, and Samsung can offer the necessary NVIDIA conditions earlier. Obviously, this turned out to be a decisive argument for NVIDIA. In addition, the company already has experience of placing production in Samsung factories: in particular, this semiconductor forge was engaged in the production of 14-nm GP107 chips for GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti.
Thus, we can conclude that NVIDIA will not update in 2019 the architecture of their graphics accelerators, and will focus on expanding the lineup of accelerators Turing and possibly on the parallel market of the graphics Turing without the support of RTX, which can obtain the names of view GTX GTX 1100 or 1600.
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