25 June 2019
NVIDIA has reportedly chosen Samsung Electronics over TSMC for producing next-generation GPUs in 2020. These GPUs will be developed on the 7nm EUV node despite the fact Samsung’s yield rates for the process are completely unknown. Although TSMC was ahead of Samsung Electronics in starting a 7nm process, Samsung was the first to introduce EUV equipment for mass production.
According to The Korea Herald, Nvidia Korea chief Yoo Eung-joon during a press release in Seoul said that its production of advanced GPUs will be conducted by Samsung Electronics with its 7nm extreme ultraviolet process. He even said, “until recently, Samsung has been working really hard to secure (partners) for foundry cooperation.”
The exact amount of foundry production by Samsung is unknown but he at least has acknowledged that the production would be “substantial.”The two companies, however, didn’t make any official announcement on the same.
Samsung has committed to sampling 7nm silicon to its partners by the end of this year, so it will need to make a full production in mid-2020.
Samsung started ramping up multiple 7nm chips using EUV back in October 2018. In April 2019, Samsung Electronics explained that a 7-nm EUV process can reduce the chip size by about 40 percent compared to a current 10 nm process. Also, it can boost power efficiency by about 50 percent.
Previously in March, Kim Ki-nam, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, expressed confidence at a general shareholders meeting that the company would be able to mass-produce 7 nm EUV products ahead of its rivals.