GlobalFoundries announces their 7nm FinFET technology

GlobalFoundries is skipping 10nm

GlobalFoundries announces their 7nm FinFET technology

GlobalFoundries announces their 7nm FinFET technology


GlobalFoundries has announced their new 7nm FinFET technology, with plans to be ready for customer product designs in the second half of 2017 and plans to begin risk production in early 2018. 

This new 7nm FinFET node aims to deliver 2x the logic density and a 30 percent performance boost when compared to today's 16/14nm FinFET offerings, making the jump to 7nm FinFET highly significant.  This new process will use industry standard FinFET transistors and optical lithography with EUV compatibility, with this node re-using a lot of the tools and processes that are currently used in today's 14nm process. 

Globalfoundries are already working with several companies in order to accelerate the development and adoption of their upcoming 7nm technology, including companies like AMD, IBM, TIRAS Research and INVECAS. Below is a quote from AMD's CEO Lisa Su, regarding the companies excitement and willingness to collaborate with GlobalFoundries on this innovative now technology.  


     Leading-edge technologies like GLOBALFOUNDRIES 7nm FinFET are an important part of how we  deliver our long-term roadmap of computing and graphics products that are capable of powering the next generation of computing experiences,

We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with GLOBALFOUNDRIES as they extend the solid execution and technology foundation they are building at 14nm to deploy high-performance, low-power 7nm technology in the coming years.

  GlobalFoundries announces their 7nm FinFET technology  

Moving directly from 14nm to 7nm is a brave move for GlobalFoundries, with competitors like TSMC and Samsung already looking at 10nm FinFET technology. If Globalfoundries can deliver this new processing node on time they can gain themselves a lot of potential new business from the high-end SoC market as well as gain a lead over their competitors. 

At this time it is hard to tell how this 7nm node will compare to 10nm FinFET nodes from other foundries, as at this time the names of these nodes are more of a marketing term than a physical characteristic of the product.


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16-09-2016, 12:24:06

I'm pretty sure like all 10nm class chips, 7nm is built on a 10nm backbone. Still, pretty impressiveQuote

16-09-2016, 16:36:05

Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
I'm pretty sure like all 10nm class chips, 7nm is built on a 10nm backbone. Still, pretty impressive
At this stage, the names of these processes are more of a marketing value than a physical size value.Quote

16-09-2016, 21:32:00

Well that's true, at this moment, getting it down to that physical size without using a larger process is just insanely expensive. This is also another reason Intel is still in the lead despite what everyone thinks about Samsung being equal to them. As Intel makes it's own chips and what they say is 14nm, really is 14nm(also why they are getting more expensive). Which is why they are planning for 10nm chips to last them a long time as anything smaller really just is not doable. Unlike everyone else who uses 10nm for everything but a few critical transistors and is why can classify it as smaller.Quote

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