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Nvidia's next gen Ampere GPUs to get 7 nm Samsung treatment, slated for 2020

Previously thought to release in 2018, the Ampere architecture is now confirmed to launch in 2020 as the Turing successor. (Source: OC3D)
Previously thought to release in 2018, the Ampere architecture is now confirmed to launch in 2020 as the Turing successor. (Source: OC3D)
Ampere was initially rumored to launch as the RTX 2000-series in early 2018, but sources now confirm that this new architecture will be featured in Nvidia's 2020 GPUs. No details regarding differences between Turing and Ampere for now. Interestingly enough, the Ampere GPUs will be manufactured by Samsung on the 7 nm EUV node, as TSMCs 7 nm foundries appear to have been overbooked by Apple and AMD.
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Taiwanese publication DigiTimes recently confirmed that Nvidia’s next gen Ampere GPU architecture will be using 7 nm tech and is scheduled for a 2020 release. Nothing really surprising here, as Nvidia usually refreshes its gaming GPUs every 2 years, plus there are no actual details on how Ampere differs from the current RTX 2000 Turing family. However, there is one more detail that signals some interesting shifts in the market: Nvidia will rely on Samsung’s 7 nm EUV foundries rather than TSMC’s.

EETimes reports that Samsung managed to “aggressively undercut” TSMC, determining Nvidia to switch foundries. The report does not mention the exact details of the deal, but there are a few hypotheses going around. The more flimsy one stipulates that Samsung’s 7 nm EUV manufacturing process is better than the TSMC one and this assessment could have swayed Nvidia’s decision. Then there is the production capacity consideration. TSMC is currently working at full capacity on all of its 7 nm nodes, providing chips for Apple and AMD in particular, so this could affect target projected supplies for the Ampere chips. Samsung, on the other hand, could offer better supply streams, since its foundries are not booked by other major companies.

It will be interesting to see if Nvidia’s foundry switch is a temporary one. TSMC has been Nvidia’s choice for almost 2 decades now, making this switch even more surprising. This would be Samsung’s second “disruptive” move, as it also partnered up with AMD to bring Radeon GPUs to smartphones.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1507 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-06- 6 (Update: 2019-06- 6)