Owing to the cancellation of 32nm and delays in 28nm, TSMC’s 40nm has had an unusually long lifespan. Confined to this restriction, the overall GPU performance hasn’t moved forward by much, and for everyone involved, including customers, 28nm can’t come sooner. Thankfully TSMC Chairman and CEO, Morris Chang, confirms that there will be no further delays, with tape-outs starting in Q3 2011, and production in Q4 2011. Chang expects 28nm revenue to account for 2% – 3% in Q4 2011, which is an impressive ramp up.

Owing to the cancellation of 32nm and delays in 28nm, TSMC’s 40nm has had an unusually long lifespan. Confined to this restriction, the overall GPU performance hasn’t moved forward by much, and for everyone involved, including customers, 28nm can’t come sooner. Thankfully TSMC Chairman and CEO, Morris Chang, confirms that there will be no further delays, with tape-outs starting in Q3 2011, and production in Q4 2011. Chang expects 28nm revenue to account for 2% – 3% in Q4 2011, which is an impressive ramp up.

However, with both AMD and NVIDIA looking to get 28nm products on the market as soon as possible, this may not be enough. Mr. Change adds, “But the real momentum [for 28nm], we believe, will be next year”.

Assuming there are no further delays, we can expect both AMD and NVIDIA to release their high end products sometime late Q4, with high volume products coming only in 2012. AMD and NVIDIA GPUs will be joined by AMD’s 28nm successor to Zacate and Ontario and ARM’s multi-core CPU.

Source: Xbitlabs