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TSMC (TSM -0.7%) will finish taping out Apple's (AAPL +0.8%) A7 processor in March, start trial...

TSMC (TSM -0.7%) will finish taping out Apple's (AAPL +0.8%) A7 processor in March, start trial production in May-June, and begin volume shipments in Q1 '14 (in time for an iPhone 6 and 6th-gen iPad?), reports Digitimes. The site adds the A7 will use TSMC's next-gen 20nm process. There have already been plenty of reports Apple plans to shift app processor manufacturing from Samsung to TSMC. (Apple/Intel talks)
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  • Russ Fischer
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    I think that next generation TSMC process is 20nm planar. If so, it could be a step backward.
    14 Mar 2013, 12:27 PM Reply Like
  • pk de cville
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    Russ,

     

    Is planar less performant then finfet?
    14 Mar 2013, 01:39 PM Reply Like
  • Russ Fischer
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    Yup. Leakage current will be high.
    14 Mar 2013, 03:50 PM Reply Like
  • Arnold Frisch
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    Gosh, you guys are actually understanding some of the fine points.

     

    20nm planar will likely use MORE power than 28nm planar. The chips will be smaller though.
    14 Mar 2013, 05:24 PM Reply Like
  • rrosey2
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    Exactly
    15 Mar 2013, 01:30 AM Reply Like
  • johnnelson1205
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    More power in smaller area.
    That means they may also get very hot
    15 Mar 2013, 06:43 PM Reply Like
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