28-nm volume production begins at TSMC

Well, I suppose it’s only a matter of time now before the first 28-nm GPUs head into stores. TSMC has announced that volume production of 28-nm silicon has begun at its fabs, and that the first production 28-nm wafers have made their way to the company’s customers.

According to TSMC, "High Performance," "High Performance Low Power," and "Low Power" variants of the 28-nm process are all in production right now. Only the "High Performance Mobile Computing" variant is still in the works, but the firm expects to have it prepped for production by next year.

Interestingly, TSMC adds that its 28-nm launch is much bigger than the debut of its 40-nm process three years back:

The number of customer 28nm production tape outs has more than doubled as compared with that of 40nm. At 28nm, there are currently more than 80 customer product tape-outs. The TSMC 28nm process has surpassed the previous generation’s production ramps and product yield at the same point in time due to closer and earlier collaboration with customers.

Customers tapping TSMC’s 28-nm process include AMD and Nvidia, which both have 28-nm graphics processors in the works. Both GPU vendors sing the praises of the new process in TSMC’s press release, as well.

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    • NeelyCam
    • 9 years ago

    See, this is how you do it. GloFo should take the Semiconductor Manufacturing 101 class from TSMC.

    • ish718
    • 9 years ago

    Gamers shouldn’t expect much of a power jump in graphics power from the upcoming 28nm GPUs, AMD and Nvidia seem to be more interested in GPGPU…

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    I’m more curious about how this will impact everything [i<]other[/i<] than high end desktop graphics cards. This is one of (if not the only) high-k gate processes that will be in volume production outside of Intel and AMD's CPUs. Get ready for bazillion core, high speed smart phones, tablets, netbooks/ultraportables, and finally mainstream laptop graphics cards that can handle your desktop monitor's resolution.

    • bcronce
    • 9 years ago

    Most of you guys remind me of what it was like as a kid to not have a semi-recent computer.

    By the time you guys get money, there will be so much better hardware out there.

    How I hated highschool. Waste of time. Send me strait off to college please…. if only it were so easy… /sigh

    • sonofsanta
    • 9 years ago

    3 years since 40nm already? Good Lord I feel old now – and more to the point, so does my PC 🙁

    • odizzido
    • 9 years ago

    The next gen stuff is going to feel amazing compared to what we have been getting the last few years. It’s about time.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 9 years ago

    Somewhere, AMD and nVidia execs finally got to stop banging their heads into cracked monitors long enough to realize that something other than the old 40nm process is being made.

    • Coulda
    • 9 years ago

    Still rolling 65nm 8800GT. Thumbs up if you have one!

      • Duck
      • 9 years ago

      Thumbs down if you don’t have one?

      • ub3r
      • 9 years ago

      6600gt sli ftw!

      • willmore
      • 9 years ago

      55nm 9800GTX+

        • ub3r
        • 9 years ago

        9800gtx+ ultra OC rev2

          • willmore
          • 9 years ago

          I’ve tried overclocking mine–both shaders and memory. It won’t budge a bit. I guess it’s at the ragged edge already.

      • BoBzeBuilder
      • 9 years ago

      Still rocking a faithful 9800 pro. Thumbs up if you have one!

        • xeridea
        • 9 years ago

        I have one… in an older computer that isn’t being used now… Good memories of it totally dominating everything else. Nvidia didn’t have anything even remotely competitive.

        • Geistbar
        • 9 years ago

        First computer I ever built had a 9700 Pro in it. Despite it being the first one, it’s easily the happiest I’ve been with a graphics card yet.

      • homerdog
      • 9 years ago

      65nm GTX260 here. Holdin out for the 28nm stuff and honestly at 1440×900 this thing is plenty for almost every game.

        • Forge
        • 9 years ago

        Similar. 65nm 260 core 216, still holding strong for the most part. I’m running 1920*1200, though, which makes my situation a little less win.

        I do have one of the first-run GTX 260s for SLI, but SLI seems to bring more problems than it solves. Beta Box gets it!

      • chuckula
      • 9 years ago

      That’s what I’ve got too.. I’m just waiting on a major upgrade when Haswell + late-generation 28 nm GPUs become available (or 20 nm if a miracle occurs).

      • dashbarron
      • 9 years ago

      Just sold it and rolling SLI 570’s

    • Duck
    • 9 years ago

    I’m still expecting a 2011 28nm Radeon launch of some description. News of volume production at TSMC can’t come soon enough.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 9 years ago

    A cynic might point out that TSMC’s customers have had a very long time to get their designs ready for the 28nm node because TSMC has been so slow to deliver a successor to 40nm.

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    Common, bring me the Kepler goodness.

    • codedivine
    • 9 years ago

    Yay? Hopefully new products will come soon. Things have been slow in GPU-land.

      • Farting Bob
      • 9 years ago

      3 years of the same process size is a lon time. Still, ive held out with my 4850 512mb, the last few months have been tough holding back the upgrade, but as soon as the 7xxx series drops ill be there.

        • atryus28
        • 9 years ago

        Ditto here, 4850

          • Farting Bob
          • 9 years ago

          I got mine within a week of them coming out in the UK. The only thing to have outlasted it on my rig is my keyboard. I would say in that regard one of the best purchases i made for my PC. Put an Accelero S1 heatsink on it, it runs passive with just the 120mm fan in front of HDD cage providing air. Still sits at 50c idle, 60-75c in games.

          I’ll be sad to see her go. That is until i install the new card and see my framerates triple.

          • ew
          • 9 years ago

          I’m still rock’in a 3850!

            • Stranger
            • 9 years ago

            awwww yeah 3850 rocking the house

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 9 years ago

            I recently replaced my Dad’s Radeon 9800XT with my old Radeon HD3870X2.

            • anotherengineer
            • 9 years ago

            They made a 9800XT with PCIe??

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 9 years ago

            I replaced his Mobile Athlon XP 2400+ (overclocking beast) with a Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition at the same time. 😉

            The Radeon HD3870X2 is essentially a pair of cross-fired HD3850s on a single card.

            • lycium
            • 9 years ago

            s3 virge in tha neighbourhood!

            • willmore
            • 9 years ago

            Specifically, in a box in the basement.

      • TurtlePerson2
      • 9 years ago

      Things haven’t been as slow as I would have expected though. My upgrade from a 4830 to a 6950 was huge. GPU designers have done a lot to make their chips more efficient and more powerful without actually doing the good ol’ die shrink.

      People often don’t realize the importance of computer architecture and VLSI design on the increase in computing power with each generation. Just look at the Pentium 4 if you want to see what happens when those guys don’t do a very good job. Simply putting more transistors on the chip doesn’t help if your design is flawed to begin with.

      • Frith
      • 9 years ago

      I had been planning to upgrade before Christmas, but the long delays mean nothing is coming out.

      I was looking at the 550 Ti as a stop gap solution but the performance is pretty terrible, and the 650 Ti is 75% more expensive, which is a bit much for a few months use. I’m still not sure what to buy. Maybe I should play some console games and wait for Kepler.

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