TSMC is sampling the interposer of Big Pascal AKA the GP100 and according to bitsandchips, it would be no less than 1200 mm2 in size (for comparison, the GPU core of AMD Fiji is about 1000 mm 2).
TSMC will produce Pascal GP100 GPU Core for NVIDIA
It is therefore a great challenge for the TSMC and NVIDIA itself, since it is a new product of this type for both. TSMC has some experience in manufacturing big GPU cores, for example, Xilinx is about 775 mm2. TSMC will also take care of packaging GPUs from NVIDIA (AMD Fiji is made by TSMC and packaged at Amkor). While NVIDIA for the first time is dealing with such big GPU core and on the other side its rival AMD has experienced with Fiji.
TSMC’s 16FF+ (FinFET Plus) technology can provide above 65 percent higher speed, around 2 times the density, or 70 percent less power than its 28HPM technology. Comparing with 20SoC technology, 16FF+ provides extra 40% higher speed and 60% power saving. By leveraging the experience of 20SoC technology, TSMC 16FF+ shares the same metal backend process in order to quickly improve yield and demonstrate process maturity for time-to-market value.
According to industry sources on Sept. 15, Nvidia decided to let TSMC mass produce the Pascal GPU, which is scheduled to be released next year, using the production process of 16-nm FinFETs. Some in the industry predicted that both Samsung and TSMC would mass produce the Pascal GPU, but the U.S. firm chose only the Taiwanese firm in the end. Since the two foundries have different manufacturing process of 16-nm FinFETs, the U.S. tech company selected the world’s largest foundry for product consistency.
The reason for Samsung’s determination to win the contract for the Pascal GPU lies in the fact that Nvidia’s new GPU is highly likely to mark a milestone in the next-gen graphic market. Experts are saying that Samsung’s failure to obtain the contract is mainly attributable to its lack of experience. The fact that the Korean tech giant has become TSMC’s rival only two years after it started to produce GPUs itself is considered to have special meaning at the moment. viaBusiness Korea.
NVIDIA will launch its Pascal based GPUs at GTC 2016. Doubling of the transistor density would put Pascal to somewhere around 16-17 Billion transistors since the Maxwell GPUs have already featured 8 Billion transistors on the flagship GM200 GPU core.