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Globalfoundries, a leading contract maker of semiconductors controlled by ATIC and AMD, said that it had began planning 14nm process technology and that it would continue to upgrade its existing fab in Dresden, Germany, so that it could continue to produce leading-edge chips, including microprocessors and accelerated processing units for Advanced Micro Devices.

Ajit Manocha, chief executive officer of Globalfoundries, said in an interview with EETimes web-site that the company would continue to develop its Dresden facility and that the fab would make chips using the latest manufacturing processes, including 32nm, 28nm, 20nm and even 14nm. The planning and researching of 14nm fabrication technology has already started, according to the executive.

This is the first time when Globalfoundries started to talk about 14nm fabrication process in general. Previously, the company only talked about 16nm process technology and a plan to use EUV lithography for such nodes.

The head of Globalfoundries also noted that the company had already shipped over 700 thousand wafers processed using high-K metal gate (HKMG) 32nm manufacturing technology, whereas Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company only managed to sell “a few thousand wafers” processed utilizing gate-last 28nm HKMG tech. TSMC admits that the majority of chips it made using 28nm fabrication process rely on silicon oxynitride and not on a high-k metal gate. Nonetheless, it should be noted that Globalfoundries had to overcome dramatic challenges with ramping up its 32nm SOI HKMG technology.

“People thought that gate first would never work, but didn’t we prove everybody wrong?” asked Mr. Manocha.

Tags: Globalfoundries, 14nm, 20nm, 28nm, 32nm, Semiconductor, 450nm


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Discussion started: 01/28/12 02:04:25 PM
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14nm thick smoke screen don't fool anyone.
Pls fix the yield on 32um first.
5 5 [Posted by: Tukee44  | Date: 01/28/12 02:04:25 PM]

For the non-believers...GloFo has been sorting 32nm issues for months and since Sept. 2011 they have increased their production volume by 1.8 fold, so now they are almost up to full potential on 32nm in Dresden. They also have their Malta, NY Fab ramping with IBM so things are improving exponentially as far as GloFo's chip capacity. TSMC is also sorting their 28nm issues and plans a new Fab in '12.

It's good that GloFo is working on all of the succeeding trace reduction designs concurrently. Hopefully the move to 28nm and 20nm will go much easier after sorting the 32nm issues out.
9 6 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/28/12 02:33:19 PM]
- collapse thread

Good info there, beenthere. Its amazing how many vote downs you have from paranoid schizophrenic nazi anti-amd fascists that hate everything about the company.
2 2 [Posted by: bereft  | Date: 01/29/12 05:14:07 PM]
there is just a bunch of trolls around that just give negatives.

No matter what you say, even if what you write is completely neutral as a standpoint.

Ignore them.
3 1 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 01/29/12 06:35:39 PM]
... paranoid schizophrenic nazi anti-amd fascists ..
Excuse me. Do you really understand the meaning each of these words?
1 0 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 01/29/12 08:25:02 PM]
His comment is pretty accurate IMO.
2 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/30/12 06:34:07 AM]
Like anybody else care's about your opinion!!!
0 1 [Posted by: PnoyP  | Date: 01/30/12 06:18:49 PM]

Assuming you haven't killed all of your brain cells via drugs, it's never too late for you to go back to school and get an education. While you are there learning English, reading comprehension and basic math, I suggest you also enroll in anger management classes so you can eventually get beyond your hating.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Best of luck.
0 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/30/12 08:30:58 PM]
Perfectly, and that goes to you too. Who the fuck are you Azazel? For years you're trolling the internet against AMD, really, who the fuck are you man?
0 0 [Posted by: bereft  | Date: 01/30/12 07:31:40 PM]
Thank you that you have been following me for years.
In that case you have to be well-aware that my predictions of future are very accurate. For instance, about business problems between GloFo and AMD i started speak about more than 3 years ago as well as that AMD will have problems with 32nm production. Do you remember my thread "Can AMD afford to have 32nm?"?
0 0 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 01/30/12 08:16:01 PM]

Thank God I do not care what the socially challenged think of my posting of accurate industry info.
2 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/29/12 06:56:48 PM]

You can't stop the haters from hating. It's the only thing in their life that brings them joy.

BTW, did I mention AMD sold 30 MILLION APUs? Good job AMD.
1 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/30/12 08:26:36 PM]

0 0 [Posted by: aislanluiz  | Date: 01/31/12 03:19:53 AM]


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