TSMC 45nm production to start in September
They’re not the only foundry set to manufacturer 45nm-based products. Intel will manufactorer their upcoming 45nm Penryn core in the second half of 2007 and if all goes well ship it not so long after. AMD also plans on introducing their 45nm Shanghai cores in 2008.
TSMC?s 45nm low power process provides twice the density of 65nm with significantly lower power and manufacturing cost per die. End products are expected to achieve 40 percent greater functionality or 40 percent smaller die size, with reduced power consumption. These factors are particularly crucial for system on chip designs with an ever-smaller footprint for cell phones, portable media players, PDAs and other handheld devices.