To build current iterations of its Nano processor, VIA enlisted the help of Fujitsu and its 65nm process technology. With future Nano variants in mind, VIA is now shopping around for a new foundry partner—and DigiTimes says Taiwanese foundry giant TSMC may get that contract.
Citing an Economic Daily News report, DigiTimes says VIA has held talks with TSMC over the prospect of mass-producing dual-core and 45nm Nano chips. Readers might know TSMC makes most discrete graphics processors in the market today. Whether you're picking apart a Radeon HD 3850 or a new GeForce GTX 280, you'll most likely find a TSMC-built chip inside.
VIA reportedly stated that it's "considering criteria including quotes, manufacturer's technological capability and service to decide where to place its orders." TSMC's 45nm process technology has been ready since late last year, when Qualcomm announced that it had successfully used a 45nm, TSMC-built 3G cell phone chip to make a call.