GlobalFoundries 14nm Yields on Track

GlobalFoundries 14nm Yields on Track

TSMC Cuts prices of 28nm and 20nm by 10%

GlobalFoundries 14nm Yields on Track


GlobalFoundries have confirmed that they have initiated high volume production on their 14nm LPE FinFET Processing node. 

GlobalFoundries' Jason Gorss said this;  “Our 14nm ramp is right on track and our yields are on par with our partner Samsung,” which is impressive given that Samsung is already using this process to create the Enyons SoC's used in their Galaxy S6 smartphone., which indicates that the process is commercially viable.


TSMC Cuts prices of 28nm and 20nm by 10%


GlobalFoundries liscenced Samsung's 14nm LPE (Low Power Early) and 14nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFET processing nodes in late 2014, which are capable os increasing performance of chips by 20% at the same power consumption or at the same performance with a 35% reduction in power consumption when compared to existing 20nm processing nodes. 

Many companies are eagerly waiting for smaller processing nodes to become available, with AMD being the company with the most to gain from a smaller, more efficient processing tech.

For GPUs the 28nm production node has been used for much longer than was anticipated, and in the CPU market AMD is currently trying to compete with Intel's 14nm FinFET based CPUs with CPUs using older 32nm and 28nm production nodes.

AMD desperately need to be able to move onto a smaller production node, as Intel are able to use their advantage in processing technology to produce their CPUs with lower power consumption, smaller size and at a cheaper production cost. As soon as the 14nm LPP becomes available, as 14nm LPE is not suitable to moderate to high power applications, AMD will be able to create chips on a competitive production process and will be competing on a much fairer playing field.  

Right now AMD have said that their upcoming Zen CPUs will be based on a 14nm FinFET process, so their release datewill rely heavily on that process' readiness/ production capability.


You can join the discussion on GlobalFoundries' 14nm process being on track on the OC3D Forums. 


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17-07-2015, 13:36:46

LPP and LPE? Sounds like they are aimed at smartphones. If not then I fully hope they go down the performance route for GPUs/CPUs as just the jump from 28nm to 14nm will already yield big efficiency increasesQuote

19-07-2015, 12:33:43

"On track" several months later... Miraculously... "Some issues, not enough supply, more expensive, yada yada yak yak." *yawn*Quote

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