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In the second half of this year, including Apple, Huawei, and AMD will launch 7nm-based products, including AMD's 7nm process on both CPU and GPU. As a competitor in the graphics card market, NVIDIA is also preparing to enter 7nm. According to internal news in the industry chain, the next generation of the NVIDIA Turing core is named Ampere Core, which will adopt the 7nm EUV process.
When it comes to 7nm, many friends will think that NVIDIA cooperates with TSMC. In fact, NVIDIA and Samsung cooperated and the chip will be based on Samsung's 7nm EUV process. Although there is currently no chip on the market using the Samsung 7nm EUV process, considering that the NVIDIA graphics card based on the Ampere core will be available in 2020, the time is not a problem.
The reason why Samsung's 7nm EUV process is later than TSMC is because Samsung skipped the 7nm DUV and directly adopted the 7nm EUV process. At present, TSMC's first-generation 7nm process is DUV, and the 7nm EUV process has also been put into production, but the corresponding chips have not yet been released. So next year in the 7nm EUV process, Samsung and TSMC will face direct competition.
Editor's comment: For Samsung, it is obviously risky to choose to skip the 7nm DUV process, which is unfavorable in terms of customer resources and publicity. From the time node, Samsung's 7nm EUV process will be the user's own Exynos 9825, which is expected to go online in the third quarter of this year.