Nvidia will reportedly continue to trust Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) for making its future 20nm chips.
In a recent interview with the South Korean daily newspaper Hankook Ilbo, Phil Eisler, general manager of GeForce GRID Cloud Gaming at Nvidia, pointed out that Nvidia has approved TSMC's 20nm foundry capacity. Nvidia executive's statement could mean that Nvidia is close to contract TSMC as its 20nm process foundry provider.
Nvidia has set up long-term cooperation with TSMC, which has been providing Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs.) But Nvidia's demand for chips has been increased as the world leading vendor of GPUs has branched out into SoCs for tablets and smartphones.
Samsung Electronics is also reportedly competing for Nvidia's 20nm foundry contracts, alhough its share of world silicon foundry market remains low, following TSMC, United Microelectronics and GlobalFoundries (Gartner.)
TSMC is also reportedly trying to secure foundry contracts with Apple, as it could help Cupertino be less dependant on mobile "rival" Samsung.