"Our design flow can take designs at
45nm and target it toward the advantages of 40nm. A lot of TSMC
development work has gone into ensuring that this transition is truly
transparent. Designers need only concentrate on achieving their
performance objectives," said senior director of advanced technology
marketing at TSMC, Jon Wai, in a statement earlier this week.
The new chips boast the smallest SRAM
size in the industry at 0.242 micrometers. They have a smaller
footprint than current 45nm chips and 2.35 times higher gate density
than TSMC's previous 65nm process. Extreme low-k material is combined
with a 193nm immersion lithography process to create the new wafers.
Some of TSMC's more notable clients
include AMD, Broadcom, Conexant, NVIDIA and VIA as well as most
recently Sun Microsystems who chose TSMC as the new manufacturer for
their famous UltraSparc processors.
quote: Taiwan Semicondcuter Manufacturing (TSMC)