During the company's earnings call, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang shied away from questions about whether the company would use manufacturing capacity of Samsung or GlobalFoundries to produce some of its chips in the future. Instead, Huang answered that TMC remains a very important strategic partner of the company.
He also mentioned that TSMC's FinFET technology is excellent and that they have quite a bit of confidence in TSMC's ability to deliver amazing FinFET transistors:
Recently TSMC confirmed that it would only start to produce chips using 16nm FinFET process technology in the third quarter of the year, considerably later than Samsung Electronics and even GlobalFoundries. Moreover, given than many fabless chip designers are not confident of manufacturing capacities and yields of products made using various FinFET manufacturing processes, numerous developers create chips for different contract makers of semiconductors so to ensure stable supply.
During the conference call Nvidia revealed nothing new about its future products and fabrication processes it is going to use, but said that test chips produced using TSMC’s 16nm FinFET manufacturing technology met its criteria.
“TSMC is a fabulous supplier, […] their FinFET technology is excellent,” said the CEO of Nvidia. “[We have been] working with TSMC on FinFET now for a couple of years, and so we have quite a bit of confidence in their ability to deliver amazing FinFET transistors.”