Who says 10 cores are enough?
Working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company or TSMC, MediaTek aims to produce new chips that will supposedly use an even smaller and more efficient 7nm production process. And for those who don’t know a bit about processor micro architecture, a smaller production process translates to a more powerful and power-efficient chip at the cost of processor yield during production.
Despite experiencing unsatisfactory yield rates for TSMC’s 10nm process, MediaTek will continue to partner with the said company to make its next-generation flagship mobile chips, according to industry sources.
TSMC will enter risk production for a MediaTek chip on the newer 7nm process in the second quarter, said the sources, adding that the SoC incorporates 12 CPU cores.
In addition, speculation has circulated that the low yield rates for TSMC’s 10nm process could affect shipments of MediaTek’s Helio X30 chips. In response to this, MediaTek claimed there is no change to the shipment schedule.
Last February, MediaTek rolled out its 10nm Helio X30-series SoC designed for high-end smartphones. Mass production for the deca-core SoC has kicked off, said the company, adding that commercial devices powered by the chips will be available in the second quarter of 2017.
So the battle between ‘cores’ on SoCs are now igniting. Let’s see who gets a good performance, at least.