Nvidia secretly designing a 5nm chip, ramps up 7nm production

Nvidia is working on a 5nm core design that will use TSMC’s production capacity. While these are not for the next generation Ampere GPUs, Nvidia wants to take advantage of TSMC’s ability as early as possible. It is reported that both AMD and Nvidia are using TSMC manufacturing capability for a combination of old and new products.

Business is good for the TSMC

This benefits the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as its manufacturing and making good business despite the COVID-19 outbreak resulting in major shutdowns throughout the world. According to Digitimes, Nvidia’s upcoming Ampere graphics card release will boost TSMC’s profits, along with AMD manufacturing Ryzen and EPYC processors. Sony and Microsoft are also gearing up its next-generation releases.

But Ampere architecture is based on the 7nm process, likely to have SKUs like the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070. Just what is Nvidia planning to make with the 5nm?

AMD and Nvidia’s plan for the 5nm process

While 5nm Nvidia GPUs for gaming isn’t expected anytime soon, naturally will trickle down at some point in the future. AMD will be using TSMC’s 5nm process for its EPYC Genoa GPUs in the future. Therefore one couldn’t help but notice Nvidia’s intention to manufacture with the 5nm. It is assumed that the green team might be working on a Tegra SoC.

As of now, Nvidia uses 16nm 12nm and 7nm nodes for its whole range of chips. AMD ramped up with 7nm process with the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X.

VIA: TechPowerUP!

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