GLOBALFOUNDRIES Introduces 12LP+ FinFET Solution for Cloud and Edge AI Applications

Inno짯va짯ti짯ve solu짯ti짯on based on GF셲 most advan짯ced Fin짯FET plat짯form offers best-in-class per짯for짯mance, key new fea짯tures to address evol짯ving AI requi짯re짯ments, com짯pel짯ling eco짯no짯mics and indus짯try-lea짯ding phy짯si짯cal IP from Arm

San짯ta Cla짯ra, Calif., Sep짯tem짯ber 24, 2019  GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF), the world셲 lea짯ding spe짯cial짯ty foundry, announ짯ced today at its Glo짯bal Tech짯no짯lo짯gy Con짯fe짯rence the avai짯la짯bi짯li짯ty of 12LP+, an inno짯va짯ti짯ve new solu짯ti짯on for AI trai짯ning and infe짯rence appli짯ca짯ti짯ons. 12LP+ offers chip desi짯gners a best-in-class com짯bi짯na짯ti짯on of per짯for짯mance, power and area, along with a set of key new fea짯tures, a matu짯re design and pro짯duc짯tion eco짯sys짯tem, cost-effi짯ci짯ent deve짯lo짯p짯ment and fast time-to-mar짯ket for high-growth cloud and edge AI applications.

Deri짯ved from GF셲 exis짯ting 12nm Lea짯ding Per짯for짯mance (12LP) plat짯form, GF셲 new 12LP+ pro짯vi짯des eit짯her a 20% increase in per짯for짯mance or a 40% reduc짯tion in power requi짯re짯ments over the base 12LP plat짯form, plus a 15% impro짯ve짯ment in logic area sca짯ling. A key fea짯ture is a high-speed, low-power 0.5V SRAM bit cell that sup짯ports the fast, power-effi짯ci짯ent shut짯t짯ling of data bet짯ween pro짯ces짯sors and memo짯ry, an important requi짯re짯ment for AI appli짯ca짯ti짯ons in the com짯pu짯ting and wired infra짯struc짯tu짯re markets.

Other key fea짯tures of 12LP+ that enable cli짯ents to capi짯ta짯li짯ze on AI mar짯ket oppor짯tu짯ni짯ties are a design refe짯rence packa짯ge for AI appli짯ca짯ti짯ons and design/technology co-deve짯lo짯p짯ment (DTCO) ser짯vices, both of which allow cli짯ents to look at AI cir짯cuit designs from a holi짯stic per짯spec짯ti짯ve in order to achie짯ve lower power bud짯gets and redu짯ced cos짯ts. Ano짯ther key fea짯ture is a new inter짯po짯ser for 2.5D packa짯ges, which faci짯li짯ta짯tes the inte짯gra짯ti짯on of high-band짯width memo짯ry with pro짯ces짯sors for fast, power-effi짯ci짯ent data processing. 

The 12LP+ solu짯ti짯on makes use of Arm짰 Arti짯san짰 phy짯si짯cal IP as well as POPIP for AI appli짯ca짯ti짯ons, deve짯lo짯ped for GF by Arm. Both solu짯ti짯ons from Arm will also be appli짯ed to GF셲 ori짯gi짯nal 12LP platform. 

AI, auto짯mo짯ti짯ve and high-end con짯su짯mer mobi짯li짯ty are just a few of the gro짯wing appli짯ca짯ti짯ons crea짯ting urgent demand for high-per짯for짯mance SoCs, said Gus Yeung, gene짯ral mana짯ger and fel짯low, Phy짯si짯cal Design Group, Arm. 쏶up짯port짯ed by the wide짯ly-used Arm Arti짯san phy짯si짯cal IP and advan짯ced pro짯ces짯sor designs, GLOBALFOUNDRIES 12LP+ will help desi짯gners deli짯ver pro짯ducts that mone짯ti짯ze this demand easi짯ly, quick짯ly and cost-effectively.

The roll짯out of 12LP+ is a result of GF셲 stra짯tegy to pro짯vi짯de cli짯ents with dif짯fe짯ren짯tia짯ted solu짯ti짯ons that extend the abili짯ty to sca짯le designs with no dis짯rup짯ti짯on to work flows very cost-effi짯ci짯ent짯ly com짯pared to alter짯na짯ti짯ves, said Micha짯el Men짯di짯ci짯no, vice pre짯si짯dent of Digi짯tal Tech짯no짯lo짯gy Solu짯ti짯ons at GF. 쏤or exam짯p짯le, as an advan짯ced 12nm tech짯no짯lo짯gy, our 12LP+ solu짯ti짯on alre짯a짯dy offers cli짯ents a majo짯ri짯ty of the per짯for짯mance and power advan짯ta짯ges they would expect to gain from a 7nm pro짯cess, but their NRE (non-recur짯ring engi짯nee짯ring) cos짯ts will avera짯ge only about half as much, a signi짯fi짯cant savings. Addi짯tio짯nal짯ly, becau짯se the 12nm node has been run짯ning lon짯ger and is much more matu짯re, cli짯ents will be able to tape-out quick짯ly and take advan짯ta짯ge of the gro짯wing demand for AI technology. 

The 12LP+ PDK is available now and GF is alre짯a짯dy working with seve짯ral cli짯ents. Tape outs are expec짯ted in the second half of 2020 and volu짯me pro짯duc짯tion is set for 2021 from GF셲 Fab 8 in Mal짯ta, New York.

About GF

GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) is the world셲 lea짯ding spe짯cial짯ty foundry. We deli짯ver dif짯fe짯ren짯tia짯ted fea짯ture-rich solu짯ti짯ons that enable our cli짯ents to deve짯lop inno짯va짯ti짯ve pro짯ducts for high-growth mar짯ket seg짯ments. GF pro짯vi짯des a broad ran짯ge of plat짯forms and fea짯tures with a uni짯que mix of design, deve짯lo짯p짯ment and fabri짯ca짯ti짯on ser짯vices. With an at-sca짯le manu짯fac짯tu짯ring foot짯print span짯ning the U.S., Euro짯pe and Asia, GF has the fle짯xi짯bi짯li짯ty and agi짯li짯ty to meet the dyna짯mic needs of cli짯ents across the glo짯be. GF is owned by Muba짯d짯a짯la Invest짯ment Com짯pa짯ny. For more infor짯ma짯ti짯on, visit