Com¬≠pa¬≠ny extends its lea¬≠ding-edge road¬≠map for pro¬≠ducts deman¬≠ding the ulti¬≠ma¬≠te pro¬≠ces¬≠sing power
San¬≠ta Cla¬≠ra, Calif., Sep¬≠tem¬≠ber 15, 2016 ‚Äď GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announ¬≠ced plans to deli¬≠ver a new lea¬≠ding-edge 7nm Fin¬≠FET semi¬≠con¬≠duc¬≠tor tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy that will offer the ulti¬≠ma¬≠te in per¬≠for¬≠mance for the next era of com¬≠pu¬≠ting appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons. This tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy pro¬≠vi¬≠des more pro¬≠ces¬≠sing power for data cen¬≠ters, net¬≠wor¬≠king, pre¬≠mi¬≠um mobi¬≠le pro¬≠ces¬≠sors, and deep lear¬≠ning applications.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES‚Äô new 7nm Fin¬≠FET tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy is expec¬≠ted to deli¬≠ver more than twice the logic den¬≠si¬≠ty and a 30 per¬≠cent per¬≠for¬≠mance boost com¬≠pared to today‚Äôs 16/14nm foundry Fin¬≠FET offe¬≠rings. The plat¬≠form is based on an indus¬≠try-stan¬≠dard Fin¬≠FET tran¬≠sis¬≠tor archi¬≠tec¬≠tu¬≠re and opti¬≠cal litho¬≠gra¬≠phy, with EUV com¬≠pa¬≠ti¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty at key levels. This approach will acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠te the pro¬≠duc¬≠tion ramp through signi¬≠fi¬≠cant re-use of tools and pro¬≠ces¬≠ses from the company‚Äôs 14nm Fin¬≠FET tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy, which is curr¬≠ent¬≠ly in volu¬≠me pro¬≠duc¬≠tion at its Fab 8 cam¬≠pus in Sara¬≠to¬≠ga Coun¬≠ty, N.Y. GLOBALFOUNDRIES plans to make an addi¬≠tio¬≠nal mut¬≠li-bil¬≠li¬≠on dol¬≠lar invest¬≠ment in Fab 8 to enable deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment and pro¬≠duc¬≠tion for 7nm FinFET.
‚ÄúThe indus¬≠try is con¬≠ver¬≠ging on 7nm Fin¬≠FET as the next long-lived node, which repres¬≠ents a uni¬≠que oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty for GLOBALFOUNDRIES to com¬≠pe¬≠te at the lea¬≠ding edge,‚ÄĚ said GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO San¬≠jay Jha. ‚ÄúWe are well posi¬≠tio¬≠ned to deli¬≠ver a dif¬≠fe¬≠ren¬≠tia¬≠ted 7nm Fin¬≠FET tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy by tap¬≠ping our years of expe¬≠ri¬≠ence manu¬≠fac¬≠tu¬≠ring high-per¬≠for¬≠mance chips, the talent and know-how of our for¬≠mer IBM Microelec¬≠tro¬≠nics col¬≠le¬≠agues and the world-class R&D pipe¬≠line from our rese¬≠arch alli¬≠ance. No other foundry can match this lega¬≠cy of manu¬≠fac¬≠tu¬≠ring high-per¬≠for¬≠mance chips.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúGLOBALFOUNDRIES made a bold decis¬≠i¬≠on to jump direct¬≠ly from 14nm to 7nm‚Äďa decis¬≠i¬≠on that is now sup¬≠port¬≠ed by seve¬≠ral lea¬≠ding semi¬≠con¬≠duc¬≠tor com¬≠pa¬≠nies as they see only mar¬≠gi¬≠nal per¬≠for¬≠mance and power bene¬≠fits for the high cost of the 10nm pro¬≠cess node,‚ÄĚ said Jim McGre¬≠gor, foun¬≠der and prin¬≠ci¬≠pal ana¬≠lyst at TIRIAS Rese¬≠arch. ‚ÄúMuch like the 28nm and 16/14nm pro¬≠cess nodes, 7nm appears to be the next major pro¬≠cess node that will be wide¬≠ly lever¬≠a¬≠ged by the enti¬≠re semi¬≠con¬≠duc¬≠tor indus¬≠try for at least the next decade.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúLea¬≠ding-edge tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies like GLOBALFOUNDRIES 7nm Fin¬≠FET are an important part of how we deli¬≠ver our long-term road¬≠map of com¬≠pu¬≠ting and gra¬≠phics pro¬≠ducts that are capa¬≠ble of powe¬≠ring the next gene¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on of com¬≠pu¬≠ting expe¬≠ri¬≠en¬≠ces,‚ÄĚ said Dr. Lisa Su, pre¬≠si¬≠dent and CEO, AMD. ‚ÄúWe look for¬≠ward to con¬≠ti¬≠nuing our clo¬≠se col¬≠la¬≠bo¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on with GLOBALFOUNDRIES as they extend the solid exe¬≠cu¬≠ti¬≠on and tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy foun¬≠da¬≠ti¬≠on they are buil¬≠ding at 14nm to deploy high-per¬≠for¬≠mance, low-power 7nm tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy in the coming years.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIBM is com¬≠mit¬≠ted to pushing the limits of semi¬≠con¬≠duc¬≠tor tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy as part of its aggres¬≠si¬≠ve long term rese¬≠arch agen¬≠da,‚ÄĚ said Arvind Krish¬≠na, seni¬≠or vice pre¬≠si¬≠dent and direc¬≠tor of IBM Rese¬≠arch. ‚ÄúIBM Rese¬≠arch con¬≠ti¬≠nues to col¬≠la¬≠bo¬≠ra¬≠te with GLOBALFOUNDRIES in deve¬≠lo¬≠ping new ide¬≠as, new skills and new tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies that will help acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠te our joint rese¬≠arch in 7nm tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy and beyond.‚ÄĚ
GLOBALFOUNDRIES will deli¬≠ver a com¬≠pre¬≠hen¬≠si¬≠ve and com¬≠pe¬≠ti¬≠ti¬≠ve IP libra¬≠ry, co-opti¬≠mi¬≠zed with pro¬≠cess deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment. To enable cus¬≠to¬≠mers to acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠te adop¬≠ti¬≠on of 7nm Fin¬≠FET tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has expan¬≠ded its stra¬≠te¬≠gic part¬≠ner¬≠ship with INVECAS bey¬≠ond 14LPP and FDX‚ĄĘ pro¬≠ces¬≠ses to now include foundry IP deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment for 7nm pro¬≠cess tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies. This will pro¬≠vi¬≠de cus¬≠to¬≠mers with a strong foun¬≠da¬≠ti¬≠on to build ear¬≠ly designs that meet their per¬≠for¬≠mance, power and area requirements.
‚ÄúINVECAS spe¬≠cia¬≠li¬≠zes in pro¬≠vi¬≠ding unri¬≠va¬≠led IP solu¬≠ti¬≠ons, ASIC and design ser¬≠vices to GLOBALFOUNDRIES‚Äô cus¬≠to¬≠mers that span the wide-ran¬≠ge of GLOBALFOUNDRIES‚Äô lea¬≠ding edge Fin¬≠FET and FDX pro¬≠ces¬≠ses,‚ÄĚ said Dasa¬≠rad¬≠ha Gude, CEO, INVECAS. ‚ÄúOur stra¬≠te¬≠gic part¬≠ner¬≠ship with GLOBALFOUNDRIES com¬≠bi¬≠ned with our tail¬≠or-made foundry IP model allows us to deve¬≠lop a 7nm Fin¬≠FET pro¬≠cess foun¬≠da¬≠ti¬≠on IP that meets the chal¬≠len¬≠ging per¬≠for¬≠mance requi¬≠re¬≠ments of 7nm cus¬≠to¬≠mers‚Äô lea¬≠ding-edge applications.‚ÄĚ
Buil¬≠ding on the suc¬≠cess of its 14LPP tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy plat¬≠form, GLOBALFOUNDRIES‚Äô 7nm Fin¬≠FET tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy is posi¬≠tio¬≠ned to enable next-gene¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on com¬≠pu¬≠ting appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons that demand ultra-high per¬≠for¬≠mance, from high-end mobi¬≠le SoCs to pro¬≠ces¬≠sors for cloud ser¬≠vers and net¬≠wor¬≠king infra¬≠struc¬≠tu¬≠re. The company‚Äôs high-per¬≠for¬≠mance offe¬≠rings are com¬≠ple¬≠men¬≠ted by its 22FDXTM and 12FDXTM tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies, which have been deve¬≠lo¬≠ped to meet the ultra-low-power requi¬≠re¬≠ments of the next gene¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on of intel¬≠li¬≠gent con¬≠nec¬≠ted devices, from mobi¬≠le com¬≠pu¬≠ting and 5G con¬≠nec¬≠ti¬≠vi¬≠ty to arti¬≠fi¬≠ci¬≠al intel¬≠li¬≠gence and auto¬≠no¬≠mous vehicles.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES‚Äô 7nm Fin¬≠FET tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy will be sup¬≠port¬≠ed by a full plat¬≠form of foun¬≠da¬≠ti¬≠on and com¬≠plex intellec¬≠tu¬≠al pro¬≠per¬≠ty (IP), inclu¬≠ding an appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠on-spe¬≠ci¬≠fic inte¬≠gra¬≠ted cir¬≠cuit (ASIC) offe¬≠ring. Test chips with IP from lead cus¬≠to¬≠mers have alre¬≠a¬≠dy star¬≠ted run¬≠ning in Fab 8. The tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy is expec¬≠ted to be rea¬≠dy for cus¬≠to¬≠mer pro¬≠duct design starts in the second half of 2017, with ramp to risk pro¬≠duc¬≠tion in ear¬≠ly 2018.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the world‚Äôs first full-ser¬≠vice semi¬≠con¬≠duc¬≠tor foundry with a tru¬≠ly glo¬≠bal foot¬≠print. Laun¬≠ched in March 2009, the com¬≠pa¬≠ny has quick¬≠ly achie¬≠ved sca¬≠le as one of the lar¬≠gest found¬≠ries in the world, pro¬≠vi¬≠ding a uni¬≠que com¬≠bi¬≠na¬≠ti¬≠on of advan¬≠ced tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy and manu¬≠fac¬≠tu¬≠ring to more than 250 cus¬≠to¬≠mers. With ope¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠ons in Sin¬≠ga¬≠po¬≠re, Ger¬≠ma¬≠ny and the United Sta¬≠tes, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the only foundry that offers the fle¬≠xi¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty and secu¬≠ri¬≠ty of manu¬≠fac¬≠tu¬≠ring cen¬≠ters span¬≠ning three con¬≠ti¬≠nents. The company‚Äôs 300mm fabs and 200mm fabs pro¬≠vi¬≠de the full ran¬≠ge of pro¬≠cess tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies from main¬≠stream to the lea¬≠ding edge. This glo¬≠bal manu¬≠fac¬≠tu¬≠ring foot¬≠print is sup¬≠port¬≠ed by major faci¬≠li¬≠ties for rese¬≠arch, deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment and design ena¬≠blem¬≠ent loca¬≠ted near hubs of semi¬≠con¬≠duc¬≠tor acti¬≠vi¬≠ty in the United Sta¬≠tes, Euro¬≠pe and Asia. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is owned by Muba¬≠d¬≠a¬≠la Deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment Com¬≠pa¬≠ny. For more infor¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on, visit http://www.globalfoundries.com.