GLOBALFOUNDRIES on Track to Deliver Leading-Performance 7nm FinFET Technology

San짯ta Cla짯ra, Calif., June 13, 2017  GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announ짯ced the avai짯la짯bi짯li짯ty of its 7nm Lea짯ding-Per짯for짯mance (7LP) Fin짯FET semi짯con짯duc짯tor tech짯no짯lo짯gy, deli짯ve짯ring a 40 per짯cent gene짯ra짯tio짯nal per짯for짯mance boost to meet the needs of appli짯ca짯ti짯ons such as pre짯mi짯um mobi짯le pro짯ces짯sors, cloud ser짯vers and net짯wor짯king infra짯struc짯tu짯re. Design kits are available now, and the first cus짯to짯mer pro짯ducts based on 7LP are expec짯ted to launch in the first half of 2018, with volu짯me pro짯duc짯tion ram짯ping in the second half of 2018.

In Sep짯tem짯ber 2016, GF announ짯ced plans to deve짯lop its own 7nm Fin짯FET tech짯no짯lo짯gy lever짯aging the company셲 unmat짯ched heri짯ta짯ge of manu짯fac짯tu짯ring high-per짯for짯mance chips. Thanks to addi짯tio짯nal impro짯ve짯ments at both the tran짯sis짯tor and pro짯cess levels, the 7LP tech짯no짯lo짯gy is excee짯ding initi짯al per짯for짯mance tar짯gets and expec짯ted to deli짯ver grea짯ter than 40 per짯cent more pro짯ces짯sing power and twice the area sca짯ling than the pre짯vious 14nm Fin짯FET tech짯no짯lo짯gy. The tech짯no짯lo짯gy is now rea짯dy for cus짯to짯mer designs at the company셲 lea짯ding-edge Fab 8 faci짯li짯ty in Sara짯to짯ga Coun짯ty, N.Y.

Our 7nm Fin짯FET tech짯no짯lo짯gy deve짯lo짯p짯ment is on track and we are see짯ing strong cus짯to짯mer trac짯tion, with mul짯ti짯ple pro짯duct tapeouts plan짯ned in 2018, said Gregg Bart짯lett, seni짯or vice pre짯si짯dent of the CMOS Busi짯ness Unit at GF. 쏛nd, while dri짯ving to com짯mer짯cia짯li짯ze 7nm, we are actively deve짯lo짯ping next-gene짯ra짯ti짯on tech짯no짯lo짯gies at 5nm and bey짯ond to ensu짯re our cus짯to짯mers have access to a world-class road짯map at the lea짯ding edge.

GF also con짯ti짯nues to invest in rese짯arch and deve짯lo짯p짯ment for next-gene짯ra짯ti짯on tech짯no짯lo짯gy nodes. In clo짯se col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯on with its part짯ners IBM and Sam짯sung, the com짯pa짯ny announ짯ced a 7nm test chip in 2015, fol짯lo짯wed by the recent announce짯ment of the industry셲 first demons짯tra짯ti짯on of a func짯tio짯ning 5nm chip using sili짯con nano짯s짯heet tran짯sis짯tors. GF is explo짯ring a ran짯ge of new tran짯sis짯tor archi짯tec짯tures to enable its cus짯to짯mers to deli짯ver the next era of con짯nec짯ted intelligence.

GF셲 7nm Fin짯FET tech짯no짯lo짯gy lever짯a짯ges the company셲 volu짯me manu짯fac짯tu짯ring expe짯ri짯ence with its 14nm Fin짯FET tech짯no짯lo짯gy, which began pro짯duc짯tion in ear짯ly 2016 at Fab 8. Sin짯ce then, the com짯pa짯ny has deli짯ver짯ed 쐄irst-time-right designs for a broad ran짯ge of customers.

To acce짯le짯ra짯te the 7LP pro짯duc짯tion ramp, GF is inves짯t짯ing in new pro짯cess equip짯ment capa짯bi짯li짯ties, inclu짯ding the addi짯ti짯on of the first two EUV litho짯gra짯phy tools in the second half of this year. The initi짯al pro짯duc짯tion ramp of 7LP will be based on an opti짯cal litho짯gra짯phy approach, with migra짯ti짯on to EUV litho짯gra짯phy when the tech짯no짯lo짯gy is rea짯dy for volu짯me manufacturing.

Sup짯port짯ing Quotes

We are very plea짯sed with the lea짯ding-edge tech짯no짯lo짯gy that GF is brin짯ging with its advan짯ced 7nm pro짯cess tech짯no짯lo짯gy. Our col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯ve work with GF is focu짯sed on crea짯ting high-per짯for짯mance pro짯ducts that will dri짯ve more immersi짯ve and instinc짯ti짯ve com짯pu짯ting experiences.

Mark Paper짯mas짯ter, CTO and seni짯or vice pre짯si짯dent of tech짯no짯lo짯gy and engi짯nee짯ring, AMD.

IBM is com짯mit짯ted to mee짯ting the rising demands of cogni짯ti짯ve sys짯tems and cloud com짯pu짯ting. GF셲 lea짯ding per짯for짯mance in 7LP pro짯cess tech짯no짯lo짯gy, reflec짯ting our joint Rese짯arch col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯on, will allow IBM Power and Main짯frame sys짯tems to push bey짯ond limi짯ta짯ti짯ons to pro짯vi짯de high-per짯for짯mance com짯pu짯ting solu짯ti짯ons while aggres짯si짯ve짯ly pur짯suing 5nm to advan짯ce our lea짯der짯ship for years to come.

Tom Ros짯a짯mi짯lia, Seni짯or Vice Pre짯si짯dent, IBM Systems

While not the only important fac짯tor in a suc짯cessful tech짯no짯lo짯gy, tran짯sis짯tor geo짯me짯try still plays a part. This is an important fab mile짯stone on the jour짯ney to 7nm volu짯me pro짯duc짯tion, demons짯t짯ra짯ting that GF셲 pro짯cess is matu짯re enough to start working on real cus짯to짯mer pro짯duct designs. At the same time, the com짯pa짯ny is alre짯a짯dy making solid pro짯gress toward deli짯ve짯ring 5nm and bey짯ond. The짯re are only a handful of com짯pa짯nies in the world capa짯ble of dri짯ving this type of lea짯ding-edge inno짯va짯ti짯on, and GF is cle짯ar짯ly sta짯king its cla짯im as a mem짯ber of this eli짯te group.

Patrick Moor짯head, Pre짯si짯dent & Prin짯ci짯pal Ana짯lyst, Moor Insights & Strategy

GF con짯ti짯nues to demons짯tra짯te America셲 lea짯der짯ship in advan짯ced tech짯no짯lo짯gy. If they con짯ti짯nue this pro짯gress on 7nm, GF will be the first com짯pa짯ny to leapfrog a full node. Ever짯yo짯ne that셲 tried it in the past has fai짯led well befo짯re this point in the pro짯cess. It셲 a com짯ple짯te짯ly new stra짯te짯gic approach for extra짯c짯ting value from Moore셲 Law. By biting the bul짯let and skip짯ping 10nm, GF ope짯ned up the tech짯ni짯cal band짯width to attack 7nm head-on. Others have been divi짯ding their resour짯ces and going for half- or even quarter-nodes.

Dan Hut짯che짯son, CEO and Chair짯man of VLSI Research

About GF:

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a lea짯ding full-ser짯vice semi짯con짯duc짯tor foundry pro짯vi짯ding a uni짯que com짯bi짯na짯ti짯on of design, deve짯lo짯p짯ment, and fabri짯ca짯ti짯on ser짯vices to some of the world셲 most inspi짯red tech짯no짯lo짯gy com짯pa짯nies. With a glo짯bal manu짯fac짯tu짯ring foot짯print span짯ning three con짯ti짯nents, GLOBALFOUNDRIES makes pos짯si짯ble the tech짯no짯lo짯gies and sys짯tems that trans짯form indus짯tries and give cus짯to짯mers the power to shape their mar짯kets. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is owned by Muba짯d짯a짯la Deve짯lo짯p짯ment Com짯pa짯ny. For more infor짯ma짯ti짯on, visit