TSMC will start running its 55-nm process technology on a prototype basis in May, initially planning to offer it on a bi-monthly basis. The process is a 90 percent linear-shrink from its 65-nm to deliver “significant die cost savings from 65-nm, while offering the same speed and 10 to 20 percent lower power consumption.” In the first phase, the 55-nm logic family will be offered in the company’s so called “CyberShuttle” program and include general purpose (GP) and consumer platforms (GC). Initial production of the 55GP begins in May, followed later in the year by 55GC. ATi will be moving on to 55nm early next year for their M8x mobile GPUs that supports DX 10.1

TSMC will start running its 55-nm process technology on a prototype basis in May, initially planning to offer it on a bi-monthly basis. The process is a 90 percent linear-shrink from its 65-nm to deliver “significant die cost savings from 65-nm, while offering the same speed and 10 to 20 percent lower power consumption.” In the first phase, the 55-nm logic family will be offered in the company’s so called “CyberShuttle” program and include general purpose (GP) and consumer platforms (GC). Initial production of the 55GP begins in May, followed later in the year by 55GC. ATi will be moving on to 55nm early next year for their M8x mobile GPUs that supports DX 10.1