Nvidia is reportedly courting cellphone maker-meets-processor producer Samsung for a 2020 line of RTX desktop graphics cards constructed utilizing Samsung’s 7-nanometer (nm) transistor course of.
This comes from Japan’s My Navi News, claiming entry to Samsung sources and data. The processors might be developed utilizing Samsung’s excessive ultraviolet lithography (EUV) course of, which makes use of a plasma laser to drive silicon materials into 7nm transistor buildings.
Samsung began producing 7nm processors utilizing this technique in October 2018, which Tom’s Hardware studies is forward of its promised early 2019 launch schedule.
Nvidia’s newest graphics structure, Turing, is constructed on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Firm’s (TSMC) 12nm course of, and the agency was reportedly slated to construct its 7nm RTX graphics processors on TSMC’s matching silicon. The change may very well be resulting from Samsung being additional alongside in its EUV plans than TSMC and different opponents, like Intel.
In fact, ARM has a number of processors based mostly on its 7nm chipset designs in the marketplace already, significantly from Apple (A12X Bionic) and Qualcomm (Snapdragon 855 and 8cx).
With 7nm processors driving its graphics playing cards, Nvidia can both produce new playing cards with decrease energy consumption general on the identical efficiency degree or – extra doubtless – use the decrease energy draw of the 7nm course of to pack in much more efficiency on the comparatively identical general energy draw of in the present day’s playing cards.
Right here’s to hoping Nvidia has extra to say about 7nm processors throughout its CES 2019 keynote.
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