TSMC, The Spider

“Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company – it continues to ramp up production of 16nm chips with further improvements in yield rates. The foundry reiterated 16nm will account for more than 20% of its total wafer revenues in 2016.”
 
See TSMC reiterates revenue target for 2016
I once read a book wherein the authour opined that baby tarantulas may live and grow on sunlight alone… This was one of the books I distributed all over the North in schools. I expect he was not paying enough attention but when it comes to integrated circuits and Moore’s Law, we are getting very close to the point where silly things happen, like energy consumption scarcely mattering at all, even for mobile devices.

My Beast has a CPU that consumes 95W going flat out. It uses 45nm details. At 7nm, where TSMC expects to be producing two years from now and at 10nm where they will be producing next year, we are approaching the point where atoms are just too large to draw the lines… and even 1W would be excessive energy consumption. I remember the old days when a television or radio might have used 1W in a single passive component. We are approaching the point where body heat, random motion, even sound might generate enough power to run things except perhaps for the display. Most adults/teenagers produce about 100W of heat just sitting around. Walkers/joggers could well run a small data-centre.

2016 looks like the year of ARM here. I’m leaning to the Odroid-C2 as a general client but I still haven’t picked out a server even though AMD A1100 is available for ~$300 on Lemaker Cello. I know, in a year or two these both will be sadly out of date, being just halfway there, but it’s a giant step forward compared to whirling fans, dust-collection and heating. The question is, “How long do I have to wait for modern ARMed designs to make it onto modern desktop/server motherboards that are affordable.?” My patience or Beast will likely run out before Christmas.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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