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Soleron said:

- From what I've seen elsewhere 15% scaling if you don't want ANY power or performance increase with that shrink. Also, it's compared to "a 20nm planar process" which doesn't actually exist. So the numbers are meaningless.

- Do NOT believe that timeline for Globalfoundries. Trust me, no production until 2016, definitely after TSMC.

@Bold Do you have a source for that ? It doesn't make any sense considering the fact that most of the gains come from using FinFet transistors and how would a different transistor technology be related to chip area scaling ? If that were the case it still wouldn't make any sense for globalfoundries to license samsung's 14nm technology. 

It's true that globalfoundries may have had alot of issues and delays in the past but at this point they've likely cancelled their 20nm process node and I don't think their customers would like to be held out for that long but to claim absolutely NO PRODUCTION of commercial 14nm wafers until 2016 sounds a bit overly critical. 

What amount of chip area scaling did Intel claim for their 14nm process ? The way I see it this isn't about minimum feature sizes anymore until extreme ultraviolet lithography comes into the picture as the semiconductor manufacturing industry has redefined it to about surpassing limits of last generation process technology. I remember them only claiming a chip area scaling of 35% better than TSMC's 20nm process node so in that sense Intel's 14nm process node also isn't a real 14nm node.

Intel's 14nm process node and Samsung's 14nm process node are closer than you think it is.