The radical evolution of the next mobile processors

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will not be the only one in 10 nm: TSMC will make the competition

The processor is the fundamental component in the experience of the smartphone, and is that the evolution of this chip improves the performance of the system, the applications, games and even photography.

How is it possible that each year there are better processors? The evolution of these chips is very complex to explain, because it is not a black box in which a manufacturer gets money and you get a faster chip and more gigahertz. It is much more complex, and today we talk about one of the most important advances.

The manufacturing process, critical in the mobile processors

Every year there are new processors, and although the evolution of these depends on many factors, there are two that are fundamental. On one hand we have the internal architecture, complex designs that with ingenuity they manage to get a better performance and, on the other hand we have the process of manufacture.

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The manufacturing process indicates the level of miniaturization of the internal components. The question here is simple, and that is that the smaller the energy consumption of the transistors that make up the chips is smaller, so it can reach higher speeds.

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Today the process more pointer is 7 nanometers, a size which is imperceptible to the human eye, but the technology goes beyond that. Although between this year and the following year it is expected that the size is reduced to about 5 nanometers, the manufacturer TSMC has announced a new milestone, reaching the process of manufacture of 2 nanometers.

This process will not come immediately, as before, must achieve mass production. The manufacturer of processors has indicated that they expect to be able to manufacture these processors to 2023.

In relation to the processors of today, a process of 2 nanometers would allow that on a chip they had almost 8 times more transistors of the millions who are currently, which will require new challenges to the chip designers.

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