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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Announces 40nm Volume Production

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) today announced volume production of the first semiconductor foundry 40nm logic manufacturing process with the successful ramp of its 40 nanometer (nm) General Purpose (G) and Low Power (LP) versions. Nanometers measure the width of metal lines in semiconductors. Forty nanometers is less than one-thousandth the width of a human hair.
The 40nm process is one of the semiconductor industry’s most advanced available for production manufacturing process and is expected to play a key role in the development of next generation products in global consumer electronics, mobile, and computer end markets.


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40nm LP here we come... Great news.

I wonder if CPU's will migrate to 40nm first. The roadmap shows 45nm to 32nm but it seems that the physics are against us getting there so easily as we did 120nm to 90nm or 90nm to 65nm. 65nm to 45nm was, IIRC, more difficult and more expensive that any other fab migration. So it makes sense the "steps" are getting relatively smaller (even under log measurements).

GPU's on 40nm please. I want cool and quiet.
 

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I assumed it was 45 to 30 to 32. However, TSMC fabs alot of cpu and gpu dies as well as other things.