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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company said that while Intel Corp's 22nm manufacturing technology with tri-gate transistors has a number of advantages, it has no plans to implement something similar in the generations to come.

"We need the ecosystem to be ready for FinFETs, which means design tools, IP, design kits and so on. For us 20-nm will be planar," said Maria Marced, president of TSMC Europe, in an interview with EETimes web-site.

According to Intel itself, the 22nm process technology with tri-gate transistors provide up to 37% performance increase at low voltage versus Intel's 32nm planar transistors, and over 50% reduction of power consumption with similar performance. Some analysts further estimate that 22nm/tri-gate process tech provides performance/watt advantage of 10% - 20% for power optimized chips versus a planar 22nm process.

For TSMC it is important to optimize its process technologies in accordance with requirements of its clients. Naturally, TSMC's customers also have to develop their designs keeping in mind capabilities of the Taiwanese company. As a result, there are no immediate plans to change structure of transistor, which is tremendously important for stability at TSMC, a critical feature of contract semiconductor maker.

"We need the ecosystem to be ready for FinFETs, which means design tools, IP, design kits and so on. For us, 20nm will be planar," concluded Ms Marced.

Tags: TSMC, Intel, Semiconductor, 22nm

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TSMC cannot even produce high percentage of good yields at 40nm, and they talk about 22nm process. Haha. Hilarious!
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 05/15/11 10:44:35 PM]
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Intel can deal with the BAD Yields from FinFET 22nm. They can afford to toss out 50% or more of the end 22nm product but TSMC CAN NOT! without taking too great a hit to sales... We wont be seeing FinFET until 14nm most likely. Yes, its going to give Intel the Advantage but they'v always had one and TSMC, GF plus Samsung are still around, they do have a bigger market anyways..

The only time any of them need to worry is when intel starts to contract there fabs to other companies and not just for the CPU's and Flashmem they make now.
0 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 05/15/11 10:55:54 PM]
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Actually Intel doesn't start production until yields are north of 50%. They have the best yields in the industry.
0 0 [Posted by: DavidC1  | Date: 05/16/11 06:50:43 AM]
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You already have one customer Intel, Just gimme my 22nm Ivy Bridge ASAP. Had enough of this mainstream Sandy Bridge which I skipped. I want a real replacement for my I7 950!
1 1 [Posted by: ozegamer  | Date: 05/15/11 11:51:09 PM]
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No one can say that Intel rests on its laurels.
Those guys are expanding 32 and 22 facilities, they are charging into the soc\embedded\handset market, they are proving their gutsy disposition with this finfet enterprise.

Where are the other firms? They were one year and a half late with 32nm; and plan for finfet at 16/14nm?!
0 0 [Posted by: Marburg U  | Date: 05/17/11 02:00:43 PM]
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