Nvidia is rumored to spend huge sums of money to acquire TSMC’s N5 process capacity for GeForce RTX 40 ‘Ada Lovelace’ GPUs

Nvidia’s GPU based on the Ada Lovelace architecture may be one of the most important releases in 2022, which corresponds to the GeForce RTX 40 series. These graphics cards are rumored to be released in the fourth quarter of 2022. It is rumored that the Ada Lovelace architecture GPU will no longer be manufactured by Samsung’s foundry, and will be manufactured by TSMC’s 5nm process.

TSMC stated long ago that N5 and its related derivative process nodes will be a long-term mass production process node. Whether NVIDIA or AMD, it is expected that many next-generation products will choose this process node. According to Wccftech reports, Nvidia is very serious about making relevant preparations to ensure sufficient production capacity for mass production of next-generation GPUs, and it does not hesitate to invest heavily to acquire TSMC’s N5 process capacity for GeForce RTX 40 ‘Ada Lovelace’ GPUs.

Nvidia is rumored to have prepaid $1.64 billion to TSMC in the third quarter of 2021 and will pay another $1.79 billion in the first quarter of 2022. The entire long-term order prepayment will reach $6.9 billion, much higher than last year’s level.

According to previous news, AD102, the flagship product of Ada Lovelace GPU, is a 600mm² large chip, will be equipped with 18432 CUDA cores, the performance is doubled on the basis of GA102, with GDDR6X video memory, the bit width is 384 bits. It is rumored to have a core frequency of 2.2 GHz, providing 81 TFLOP of computing performance (FP32). The competitor of the GeForce RTX 40 series will be AMD’s Radeon RX 7000 series, which is also expected to be launched at the end of 2022.