Intel, Samsung, Toshiba together aim for 10nm chips by 2016

By on October 29, 2010, 12:32 PM
Intel, Samsung, and Toshiba are joining forces and pooling R&D efforts to build 10 nanometer semiconductor chips by 2016, according to Reuters. The three have joined a consortium to work towards the goal. The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is expected to provide 50 percent for the initiative, which equates to 5 billion yen ($62.12 million or 44.69 million). The rest is expected to come from the members of the consortium.

Intel is the world's largest chipmaker, while Samsung and Toshiba are the world's first and second makers of NAND-type memory, respectively. In other words, these are the three musketeers of chip land. Ten more companies, operating in semiconductor materials and related fields, are expected to be invited once the initial details get worked out.

Earlier this month, Samsung announced the industry's first production of a 3-bit-cell, 64 gigabit NAND flash using a 20nm process technology. With these hardware giants working together, we'll be watching that number continue to drop over the next few years.





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cardriverx said:

Reasonable SSD prices cannot get here soon enough!

customcarvin customcarvin said:

I wonder, at what fab size these component traces will reach an equilibrium? I mean, at some point they're going to get so small that they wont be able to be mass produced consistently enough to conduct electricity.

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Minor typo on the word Samsung in the 2nd paragraph.

2016 is a ways off but this is exciting and a good step ahead non the less!

@customcarvin - Thats right they keep stepping down the voltages so that the electricity doesnt jump between 2 bits/addresses. It'd be cool to be on the engineering side of this to better understand limitations and what the future may hold instead.

CyberChrist said:

How low can you go? Amirite!

Storagebox said:

10nm thats like really small, i though it wasnt possible cause that small atom begin to touch each other or something like that

Jibberish18 said:

They keep pushing "Moore's Law" but being that small, how are they going to deal with Errors?

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Jibberish18 said:

They keep pushing "Moore's Law" but being that small, how are they going to deal with Errors?

With smaller versions of the magic and unicorns they use already. :p

frodough said:

i cant wait till something like microITX motherboard or picoITX (maybe this already exists) but good to know hardware are advancing steadily.

sMILEY4ever said:

Talk about heaps of money for research..

Anyways, 10nm is..f ing tiny.

Elitassj4 said:

The three kings(Three Wise Men) from the east,coming together,bringing R&D gifts to the SSD child.....lowl.Can''t wait to see what this trio can achieve.

dawgtothebone said:

storagebox said:

10nm thats like really small, i though it wasnt possible cause that small atom begin to touch each other or something like that

Yeah this problem is being addressed by many people

Take a look at this.

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I wonder what the size of the transistor is in samsungs 20nm NANDs.Probably something in the pico's.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

We should just make smaller machines to make smaller machines to make even smaller machines.. then it would be a piece of cake... right? lmao

kazarm said:

Nice to see moores law is still working

akannitaoheed said:

Getting them smaller makes them all the more portable though, stability of these stuffs, reliability and shelf life matters just as much if not more. let them also put durability into consideration because we are still the ones to buy these stuffs on the long run . Good value for our bucks isn't negotiable.

peteyhawkins said:

Brilliant news all round, 10nm not only brings even more effiecient cpus, gpus and motherboard chips but I see the HUGE advantage in making larger capacity SSD's... 512gb... more like 512Tb by the time this tech comes about.

killamoves said:

So what happens after they get down to 1nm.

rizalp said:

killamoves said:

So what happens after they get down to 1nm.

It will be the start of the new era. The pico era. pm

princeton princeton said:

madboyv1 said:

Jibberish18 said:

They keep pushing "Moore's Law" but being that small, how are they going to deal with Errors?

With smaller versions of the magic and unicorns they use already. :p

I actually lol'd

Guest said:

It was 120nm back then (199x?), now 32nm is already in mass production, but how much has the motherboard of a computer shrank? As far as I can remember, the PC desktop casing has grown much larger than those boxes that I used to have back in 199x. Yeah I know we should be talking about mobile and embedded devices, but shouldn't be the motherboard of a standard PC follow the same pace?

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This is amazing in and of itself with all these great minds working together well have cheap SSD drives in no time plus much cooler and more efficient CPU's.

alexandrionel said:

This is incredible news! But I don't think this target is real. I would say that in 2016 they will announce that they have managed maybe and in one or two years more they wil start mass production.

So, we will have great SSD drives in 2018. Yupee...

hitech0101 said:

Hope they can come out with these chips before 2016.

Uvindu said:

I wonder how small these things will get. They will have to create a word to represent something even smaller than nano in a few years. This news is great. I hope they can come up with something better than the current 32nm before 2016. Keeping my finger crossed...

Puiu Puiu said:

Hopefully they can make it happen sooner. I want my cheap SSD's! (who doesn't?)

scout2of3 said:

This would be nice if they can actually achieve what they want. I remember when hitting the 1000 Mhz barrier for processors was a huge deal, it was just a matter of time before they found a way to make the SSD chips smaller.

ruzveh said:

Kepler expected to be 16times the performance of todays fermi with 22nm. Now i imagine how much stronger 10nm would be ?

pyari said:

I saw a documentary ON History channel "someday or already aliens make a device that we can't see with our naked eye, can fly on earth, monitor us and fly back to the base" now I can believe those things. may be their intelligent is better than us. don't say aliens isn't exist, if you think so then you don't have to believe your existence. anyway we wanna all our gadgets into our palm hahaha....

danteoz said:

on the 3-bit-cell NAND that samsung made, isn't that gonna increase the chance of failure, From what I understand of SSD technology a MLC SSD which is 2-bit-cell works like a duplex, so if one goes bad you lose the whole cell, whereas with a SLC SSD one bit is one cell so loss is minimal. So with these 3-bit-cells aren't they creating the possibly of lower reliance on SSDs?

omega00 said:

The Americans, Koreans, and Japanese joining forces. Sounds pretty awesome to me. If NAND type memory falls dramatically, then perhaps SSDs will be the dominate hard drive tech in the near future, not the hybrids.

Eddo22 said:

CyberChrist said:

How low can you go? Amirite!

Yeah..what happens when they get to .001 or whatever...invisible chips?

kaonis92 said:

Will it even be possible, what about the leaks between transistors? Previously they have said that the lowest they can achieve without leaks is 14-16nm, nice

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