TSMC & ARM Teaming Up to Create 7nm SoC

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  1. dgstorm

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    The next big chipset to hit the mobile market will be anything but "big." In fact, it's going to be ridiculously small. According to the latest press release, TSMC, one of the global industry leaders in chip manufacturing will be teaming up with ARM, one of mobile tech's tech titans of mobile chip design. Their creation will be an even smaller lithography process that will supposedly yield a 7nm System on a Chip (SoC).

    To be clear, this tech will not come out very soon. The next chipset lithographic designs to come to market from the joint venture of these two companies will be 10nm chips. Their quest for a 7nm process will likely come in the next cycle of mobile manufacturing, or around Q1 2017. Here's the full press release for more details,

    It's amazing how tiny they are developing transistors now. When you read about the lithography process of developing these chips with billions of transistors in a tiny space, it almost sounds like magic!
     
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    OMG! So for all you people who have no idea just how amazingly tiny this is;

    A sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick

    A strand of human DNA is 2.5 nanometers in diameter

    There are 25,400,000 nanometers in one inch

    A human hair is approximately 80,000- 100,000 nanometers wide

    A single gold atom is about a third of a nanometer in diameter

    On a comparative scale, if the diameter of a marble was one nanometer, then the diameter of the Earth would be about one meter

    *** One nanometer is about as long as your fingernail grows in one second ***

    A 7 nanometer transistor would be just under 3 times the diameter of a DNA strand. Seriously!

    Alright, if that's not amazing enough for you, in a 7 nanometer process, a single transistor would be about 21 gold atoms across. This means we're getting close to where they can't get any smaller unless they begin using subatomic particles processes, or in others words the limit of modern technology for the foreseeable future.

    Here's a chart to put this into perspective.
    http://www.nano.gov/sites/default/files/nanoscale7_0.jpg


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