Overclockers.ru published the roadmap of ARM which allows us to see their shedule untill 2018. Very interesting to see is that ARM is basically giving priority to their premium mobile category in terms of production process. Other lower end segments have to wait a little longer to get into the 10nm or even just the 14/16 nm process. Another remarkable thing is the non-existence of the 20nm process except in the Premium Mobile segment. This however, is already in use in the current offerings of high end phones on the market.
As we all saw in the picture already, we conclude that high end mobile segment is exactly leading the production process of ARM's chips. One explenation for this is the competition coming from Apple and an upcoming set of chips from Intel as well. If we have a closer look to the roadmap, we can detect plans of engineering samples of all process to ship 9-12 months in prior to volume production. As a direct consequence, it's possible that we're attempting to see the first 10nm ARM chips in early 2016.
Other segments will skip the 20nm process and shift to the 16nm/14nm process directly. The only segment, speaking of the Embedded ARM applications, won't shift before 2018 as pictured in the roadmap. Wccftech gave their thought about why the high end segment did make this 20nm step between the 28nm and 16nm process.
The only reason high end mobile didn’t do so is because the market demand is too high and companies like Apple pay alot for the slightest edge.
As TSMC already taped out Cortex A57 dies on 16nm FinFET, we can honestly say that this roadmap is on track at this very moment and we expect it to stay that way in the next years. Stay tuned for further news!