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Samsung expects to be in production late this year with a 14nm FinFET process it has developed. Globalfoundries has licensed the process and will have it in production early next year.

The news puts heat on TSMC, the world's largest chip foundry. The two competitors are just months behind its schedule for a similar 16nm FinFET process. Missing from the race is IBM, a former partner in the Common Platform with Globalfoundries and Samsung. It is now reportedly looking to sell off at least part of its semiconductor group.

Samsung qualified its 14nm process in February and has multiple customer chips in production in hopes of volume shipments by the end of the year. Globalfoundries will qualify the process this year and provide volume production in early 2015.



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glofo buys its 14nm process from samsung and IBM is looking to start selling off parts of its semiconductor business...well then.
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glofo buys its 14nm process from samsung and IBM is looking to start selling off parts of its semiconductor business...well then.

GF are supposed to be a foundry though. Do they buy the foundry technology blueprints only? A sort of franchising business?

McDonalds for Foundries?
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Why does this sound like a wrestling play-by-play?

Either way, more chips for us. So this is good news.
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GF are supposed to be a foundry though. Do they buy the foundry technology blueprints only? A sort of franchising business?

McDonalds for Foundries?

same thing i was wondering, why is glofo buying someone else's process?
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They're licensing the tech. IIRC they licensed FD-SOI 20nm too, from a different vendor though
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BTW the article tackles TSMC, Intel and all big makers and has plenty of information on the relevant subject. We had to have the OP shortened because it was too long. I'd urge you to read it to get the full gist of it.
Edited by fateswarm - 4/17/14 at 7:46am
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same thing i was wondering, why is glofo buying someone else's process?
If they cannot come up with a equivalent yield method, they will soon become irrelevant, as the bulk of demand (which is not desktops) will switch to the competitor that can do it reliably and fast.

And perhaps for the short-term, the licensor has figured out that they can monetize on their patents without the need for expanding their own facilities + the overhead and dangers that entails if they are the ones falling behind next time.

14nm eh? thumb.gif
...wonder how much lower we can go with silicon.
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More nanometer stories for us crazies from today's news.

The Register: Samsung, GlobalFoundries ink exclusive, multi-year 14nm FinFET deal

SemiAccurate: Global Foundries and Samsung sync up 14nm processes
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If they cannot come up with a equivalent yield method, they will soon become irrelevant, as the bulk of demand (which is not desktops) will switch to the competitor that can do it reliably and fast.

And perhaps for the short-term, the licensor has figured out that they can monetize on their patents without the need for expanding their own facilities + the overhead and dangers that entails if they are the ones falling behind next time.

14nm eh? thumb.gif
...wonder how much lower we can go with silicon.
My thoughts exactly. We have to be getting near the threshold. I thought I remember reading a few years back that 4-6nm is the lowest intel could see it going to without unintended side effects.
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