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Wednesday, 06 July 2011 10:05

TSMC might offer the first 3D chips

Written by Fudzilla staff


Beating Intel at its own game
Chipmaker for hire TSMC could deliver the world’s first 3D chips, thus beating industry heavyweight Intel at its own game.

A report by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council claims that TSMC’s projected delivery of 3D chips could match Intel. Mind you, Intel announced last May that it would start shipping its first 3D chips with tri-gate transistors by the end of the year.

However, TSMC will offer an entirely different technology with 3D interconnect, dubbed through silicon vias (TSV). It basically uses vertical connections that pass through various layers of die within the same package.

The upshot of both technologies is that it allows an increase in transistor density by up to 1,000 times and a power consumption reduction of up to 50 percent, but it will probably take a couple of years before we see 3D chips in every gadget.

More here.

 

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+15 #1 klatscho 2011-07-06 10:25
... while elpida is already busy sampling TSV chips: http://semiaccurate.com/2011/07/05/tsv-shrinks-memory-footprint/
 
 
+25 #2 smartidiot89 2011-07-06 10:53
These are two entirely different things... TSMC won't be beating Intel on anything in this article.

You are speaking of 3D-stacking, while Intel has 3D-transistors to reduce leakage. Apart from the incredibly mainstreamed "3D" monicker they have nothing incommon move along people.
 
 
+3 #3 yourma2000 2011-07-06 14:22
TSMC and GF said FinFet (Trigate) transistors won't be needed until after 22nm, which will be around 2014
 
 
0 #4 DaRAGE 2011-07-06 14:51
Quoting yourma2000:
TSMC and GF said FinFet (Trigate) transistors won't be needed until after 22nm, which will be around 2014


Of course they would say that. They don't have the tech and intel does. They're trying not to worry their consumers, AKA, AMD and ARM, that intel have an edge compared.
 
 
+5 #5 yourma2000 2011-07-06 16:45
AMD and semiconductor companies have been discussing and researching finfet technology for nearly 10 years, only when the transistor shrinkage limit is reached at 14nm will finfet transistors be needed, it's best to get as much R&D about the technology as possible before making such a change
 
 
0 #6 Haberlandt 2011-07-06 19:23
Does this means next GPU chips will be 3D?
 

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