High costs of the manufacturing process to 20nm stay away from small manufacturers
A few months ago TSMC showed their progress in future processes to 20nm and 14nm manufacture , process as new information will be ready during the second half of next year.
But while the new 20nm Manufacturing process may sound like a chip smaller, higher density with greater number of transistors, and cheaper to produce, this can not be fulfilled, because the manufacturing process of 20nm TSMC will be quite expensive, and can only be redeemed with orders for Manufacture of at least 100 million chips to 20nm.
TSMC will force it to raise considerably the minimum wafer chip manufacturing to 20nm, a number that probably does not pose major problem for large chipmakers such as Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Nvidia and AMD, but probably keep you out of the game smaller manufacturers that are likely to continue using the 28nm process for the production of its chips, running at a distinct disadvantage compared to large manufacturers.
These factors have forced TSMC to provide a Bulk variant only (traditional manufacturing process) of the manufacturing process to 20nm, so it will not be available other variants of the manufacturing process to 20nm as SOI ( Silicon On Insulator ), variant presumed any semiconductor manufacturer other than IBM is able to offer.
Link: 20 nm Technology Will Arrive Next Year for AMD, Qualcomm and Nvidia (Softpedia)Tags: 20nm, Bulk, cost, high, Manufacture, Manufacturing, plant, price, process, semiconductor, TSMC