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Globalfoundries, a joint venture between Advanced Micro Devices and Advanced Technology Investment Company, said it would reveal a name of its additional customers in 30 days. Besides AMD itself, it is expected that Nvidia Corp., a leading designer of graphics processing units (GPUs) will become a major customer of Globalfoundries.

According to Jon Carvill, director of corporate communications at Globalfoundries, one, or more, of additional customers of Globalfoundries will be announced in the next 30 days, reports Cnet News web-site. The agreement between AMD and ATIC obliges the former to make certain portion of its microprocessors and ATI Radeon graphics chips at Globalfoundries. Early clients may “include companies that design low-power and wireless chips for the consumer electronics market”, Mr. Carvill reportedly indicated.

Even though at present the contract maker of chips only makes processors using silicon-on-insulator process technology, in 2010 the company will also start making chips using bulk 28nm and 32nm fabrication processes. As a result, Globalfoundries will be able to address ATI’s and Nvidia’s manufacturing needs. Jen-Hsun Huang, chief exec of Nvidia, has already confirmed that the company is very interested in making chips at Globalfoundries.

At present Globalfoundries roadmap looks as follows:

  • Q1 2010 – the company plans to ramp up production using 32nm SOI and high-K metal gate process.
  • Q2 2010 – the firm intends to start making chips using 45nm/40nm bulk fabrication technologies.
  • Q4 2010 – the contract chipmaker plans to start offering production using 28nm bulk process tech.
  • Q1 2011 – Globalfoundries will unveil its low-power high-K 28nm fabrication process.
  • 2H 2012 – the company aims to start making 28nm chips in its new fab near New York.
  • 2013 – Globalfoundries will start transition to 22nm process technology. The New York fab will be the first to use 22nm fabrication process jointly developed by IBM and Globalfoundries.

Tags: Globalfoundries, TFC, 28nm, 32nm, 45nm, 40nm, AMD, Nvidia, ATI, Semiconductor

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Latest comment: 07/21/09 12:06:13 PM

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What a trash they first concentrate on SOI and High-k 32nm process and then they'll go out with obsolete 40nm bulk after that. Next year should be crappy in amd's expectations judging by this press release cause their past promises were that they'll have bulk 32nm by the end of this year and high-k half-node 28nm by the end of 2010.
It seems that arab bankers trust doesnt want to invest at all in quicker new node adaptation, or at least quick as intels.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 07/20/09 09:06:50 AM]
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They are doing 45/40nm bulk because:
1) it`s their first bulk process for AMD fab`s. And its better to start with something the world has know for a while. And they don`t want to trash process like TSMC 40nm process, which should have gotten normal products out of fab end of last year. So as GloFo is new company they can`t aford something like that.
2) It will allow them to produce chips for Ati and possibly nvidia as they won`t be migrated to 32nm or 28nm by q2 of 2010. Good for Ati to produce chips there and get them cheaper than in TSMC.
3) Also no need to rusg as VGA makers will be only ones to use this proces early, GloFo will need to make cash back and for that they will need some volume low end part like wireless chip and bla bla which won`t be manufactured on 28nm so shortly
0 0 [Posted by: Nameisis  | Date: 07/21/09 12:06:13 PM]
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