But the dark satanic rumour mill suggests that Nvidia has offered the contract to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
This is a little odd given that Samsung started producing 14-nm FETs before TSMC and is supposed to be a bit better at it.
TSMC has been a partner of Nvidia's for 20 years and they have always had a consistent production process, so may be it has decided to go with the devil it knows.
It is bad news for Samsung. The Pascal GPU is set to take next-generation even further and it would be good to have it on its CV.
Pascal, which is named after a philosopher who wrote about pensees [which we hope is not a typo] will have 17 billion transistors, more VRAM and better HBM2memory capacity and will arrive just as 4K is taking off. Pascal provides NVLINK, which could solve a bandwidth issues that many powerful GPUs are facing.
If Nvidia is not lying then we will get 1TB/s bandwidth, twice as much when compared to AMD's Fiji cards and three times that of the GeForce 980 Ti.