According to a report from Chinatimes, NVIDIA’s next-gen Ampere graphics cards will be based on TSMC’s 7nm process. The outlet further alleges that the new lineup from Team Green will be announced in May itself, with a sooner than expected launch date. Meanwhile, AMD is going to use a more mature form of the 7nm process for its Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs and the Navi 2x GPUs. It’s not clear whether the two rivals will be using the same process node or whether Team Red will leverage a newer version.
This is a big blow to Samsung who recently lost the top spot of the largest silicon foundry to Intel after several years. There had been speculations that the South Korean firm might be the foundry behind NVIDIA’s next-gen GPUs (using its 8nm process), but that seems to have been a hoax.
Regardless, Samsung isn’t showing any signs of weakness, with its 5nm EUV process set to undergo mass production in Q2 2020. Some sources claim that NVIDIA’s Hopper lineup succeeding Ampere will be based on Samsung’s 5nm EUV process. For now though, it seems that TSMC has won another round, with Samsung left to play catch-up yet again.