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    Default GlobalFoundries Announces 14XM Process for 2014, to Challenge Intel

    Thursday, September 20, GlobalFoundries announced a 14-nanometer (nm) XM PDK (eXtreme Mobility Process Development Kit) featuring FinFET three-dimensional transistors. Customer tape out is expected in early 2013 and volume production in 2014 at GlobalFoundries' Fab 8 in Malta, New York. This surprise announcement is just one year after the foundry is scheduled to put its 20nm process in production.


    Introducing the "14XM" just one year after 20nm in a bid to reach parity with Intel, which is scheduled to introduce the 14nm process "Broadwell" during 2014 as well

    The14nm XM successfully combines 14nm FinFET features onto the company’s existing 20nm offering. Gregg Bartlett, GlobalFoundries’ CTO (Chief Technology Officer) said: "We have more than a decade of FinFET R&D to build on as we prepare to bring this technology to production. We are confident this foundation will enable us to lead the foundry volume ramp of FinFETs, just as we did with High-K [COLOR=#000064 !important][COLOR=#000064 !important]Metal [COLOR=#000064 !important]Gate[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] (HKMG)." GlobalFoundries is a key foundry member of the Common Platform Alliance along with IBM and Samsung.


    Evolution of FinFET in Common Platform road map

    GlobalFoundries said their 14nm FinFET will have a 48nm pitch, the same as analysts expect Intel to have on their 14nm tri-gate process. They claim other feature size measurements are similar or identical to what Intel will have with their 14nm offering. This should make the 2014 smartphone SoC (System on a Chip) benchmarking a lot of fun.

    Mike Noonan, executive vice president of worldwide marketing and sales at GlobalFoundries, said: "The goal is to give our customers the power and performance to compete with Intel," and their 14nm tri-gate process.
    GlobalFoundries’ transistor is a 14nm FinFET but the rest of the PDK is unchanged from their 20nm-LPM process. It is basically 20nm process with 14nm transistors (at 20nm spacing). This process has many of the advantages of 14nm.


    20-55% higher performance depending on operating voltages.

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    40-60% increased battery life.

    Last month ARM and GlobalFoundries announced an agreement to develop 20nm process and FinFET. ARM agreed to develop a platform of Artisan physical IP including standard cell libraries, memory compilers and processor-optimization packages (POPs) for the GlobalFoundries processes. Simon Segars, executive vice president and general manager of the processor and physical IP divisions at ARM, then said: "By proactively working together to enable next-generation 20nm-LPM and FinFET [COLOR=#000064 !important][COLOR=#000064 !important]process [COLOR=#000064 !important]technologies[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR], our mutual customers can be assured a range of implementation options that will enable two more generations of advanced semiconductor devices."

    Clearly GlobalFoundries' announcement is putting pressure on competition with a technology lead over the other two dedicated foundry suppliers. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company ([COLOR=#000064 !important][COLOR=#000064 !important]TSMC[/COLOR][/COLOR]) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) have said they plan to integrate FinFETs in their 20nm processes, with UMC set to put them in production in the second half of 2014 and TSMC will likely follow some time after.

    Since all major players such as Apple, [COLOR=#000064 !important][COLOR=#000064 !important]AMD[/COLOR][/COLOR], Qualcomm and Nvidia are known to be having problems with TSMC's 28nm process not having adequate volume, GlobalFoundries' 14nm XM PDK announcement will be a wake up call in San Diego, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and Cupertino.

    However, an old hand in the semiconductor industry we know said this about Intel's tri-gate and GlobalFoundries FinFET process technology: "if you now need two masking steps instead of one masking step, it adds another bottleneck to an already overburdened part of the process." Therefore, everyone will be checking out GlobalFoundries’ 14nm XM test chips and watching closely the first tape outs.

    BSN Take
    Today's announcement is much more important than at first look. For better part of the past decade, we've seen Intel showing off process advantage, overtaken by TSMC on just copuple occasions with half-node efforts (55nm before Intel's 45nm, 28nm before 22nm). GlobalFoundries announcing 14nm to go in place during the same year when Intel is expected to introduce its desktop/mobile/[COLOR=#000064 !important][COLOR=#000064 !important]server [COLOR=#000064 !important]processor[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] "Broadwell" (Haswell die-shrink) effectively opens the door for AMD to get back into the game, process-node wise. AMD, NVIDIA, Qualcomm would probably wish if we could teleport into 2014. Battle call looms...

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    Default Re: GlobalFoundries Announces 14XM Process for 2014, to Challenge Intel

    i thought amd and global foundries were completly done with eachother?

    was i wrong or is this a new player in the game?
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    Default Re: GlobalFoundries Announces 14XM Process for 2014, to Challenge Intel

    Nope. They just are 2 separate companies now. AMD no longer has the exclusivity agreement with Gloflo. AMD paid to break the agreement so they can go elsewhere if Gloflo doesn't get yields and processes on track. Gloflo still makes Bulldozer and other "high end" cpus for them and will continue to for the foreseeable future. They really don't have very many choices in Fabs. TSMC makes AMD gpu and APUs. However I dont think it is a bad idea for them to partner with IBM.
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    Default Re: GlobalFoundries Announces 14XM Process for 2014, to Challenge Intel

    Have to agree with you, IBM has deep pockets, so it was a smart move on their part

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    Default Re: GlobalFoundries Announces 14XM Process for 2014, to Challenge Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    Have to agree with you, IBM has deep pockets, so it was a smart move on their part
    AMD already have a Process Consulting Partnership with IBM. IBM looks at there processes and gives them some hints and ways to make improvements. So AMD might as well take it to the next level and have IBM make High end X86 cpus then maybe branch out to GPUs and APUs later. IBM isnt new to X86 either. They processed Cyrix 6x86 cpus and others. Not a x86 chip but look at the POWER 7+ cpu by IBM. 8 core cpu that can process 32 threads or the Znext cpu that runs at 5.5ghz stock speed. A lot of the tech that IBM uses would go a long way to help AMD. A Cross Licensing agreement would serve them well too.
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    Default Re: GlobalFoundries Announces 14XM Process for 2014, to Challenge Intel

    thanks for the read
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