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GlobalFoundries announces new 7nm FinFET process

Question asked by kingfish on Sep 19, 2016
Latest reply on Sep 19, 2016 by black_zion

GlobalFoundries has had a rough few years. The company’s initial 28nm rollout was well behind schedule and its 14nm technology (originally called 14XM) was cancelled in favor of licensing Samsung’s 14nm LPE / LPP. Currently, GF serves as the second-source manufacturer for Apple products, builds AMD’s 14nm Polaris GPU family, and is expected to build AMD’s upcoming Zen processor (this has not been confirmed, but GF has always built AMD’s “big-core” CPUs). Now, GlobalFoundries is taking another shot at building out its own custom process technology, with an announcement that it intends to skip the 10nm node entirely and bring its own 7nm product to market. Even more interesting is the fact that the company intends to execute a full node shrink at 7nm, rather than using a hybrid node.

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