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.
Is amazing how fast the process is advancing. A mere 8 years ago we had the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ at 90nm, now we're at 14nm (Zen is taping out so technically AMD is using 14nm), and soon jump down to 10 and then 7...Just wish processors would be more energy efficient and have more intelligent turbo functions so overclocking wouldn't be necessary.