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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-19/ibm-agrees-to-pay-globalfoundries-1-5-billion-to-take-chip-unit.html
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In a 10-year partnership, Globalfoundries will supply IBM with Power processors in exchange for access to IBM’s intellectual property, the people said. That would allow Globalfoundries to access key chipmaking technology and guarantee supply of chips that IBM needs for its systems, like mainframe computers and its Watson data-analytics technology.

POWER9 is coming early I suppose.

- Credits to mrmt@anandtech for finding it.
2nd high-end source; http://online.wsj.com/articles/globalfoundries-to-take-over-ibm-chip-unit-1413763188?tesla=y&mg=reno64-wsj&url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB12483389912594473586204580225060243058260.html
3rd high-end source; http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2014/10/19/ibm-reports-earnings-today/17589797/
4th; http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/ibm-sets-announcement-on-monday-possibly-on-chip-making-unit/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
#5; https://www.semiwiki.com/forum/content/3945-globalfoundries-ibm.html

I will update it once the actual press slides come out tomorrow.
Edited by Seronx - 10/19/14 at 8:34pm
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Wow, I wonder if we will see AMD cpu's on IBM's manufacturing processes in the near future. I have always understood IBM to be right up there with Intel when it comes to process technology.
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Wow, I wonder if we will see AMD cpu's on IBM's manufacturing processes in the near future. I have always understood IBM to be right up there with Intel when it comes to process technology.
IBM/GlobalFoundries jointly made 14-nm SOI FinFETs. While, the Common Platform is doing SOI FinFETs on the 10-nm node.

The delay in AMD's launch cycle this year could have been the early reverberations. With IBM @ GlobalFoundries, it just means SOI is more likely to become mainstream.

POWER9 is on 14-nm SOI FinFETs and was planned to be produced in 2016. At only IBM foundries, but with this deal GlobalFoundries will be doing SOI FinFETs via wafer supply agreement.

http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/login.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6724625&url=http%3A%2F%2Fieeexplore.ieee.org%2Fxpls%2Fabs_all.jsp%3Farnumber%3D6724625
http://www.deepdyve.com/lp/institute-of-electrical-and-electronics-engineers/comprehensive-study-of-effective-current-variability-and-mosfet-N02OvGV17a
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IBM and AMD (when AMD owned the fabs) have had a long history of technology partnerships, but it is a little surprising to see IBM actually getting the wafers for their chips from these fabs instead of their own area. I suppose it has to do with cutting costs so maybe IBM is not putting as much into upgrades on their own lines.
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IBM and AMD (when AMD owned the fabs) have had a long history of technology partnerships, but it is a little surprising to see IBM actually getting the wafers for their chips from these fabs instead of their own area. I suppose it has to do with cutting costs so maybe IBM is not putting as much into upgrades on their own lines.

It's probably because it's more affordable to rent-a-fab already existent than it is to build-a-fab that isn't to handle the manufacturer's supply and demand.
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It wasn't controversial enough to stay at the top I had just discovered the story an hour ago on my news feed.
 
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If there's anyone who can beat Intel, it's Big Blue.
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well this is pretty cool.
wonder if there is a hold on when GF can use IBM process tech for other people?
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If there's anyone who can beat Intel, it's Big Blue.

This.

The specs on POWER8 were just outrageous. Wiki: "POWER8 is designed to be a massively multithreaded chip, with each of its cores capable of handling eight hardware threads simultaneously, for a total of 96 threads executed simultaneously on a 12-core chip."

I can't even imagine what POWER9 is going to be like.... Ever since the market moved away from Itanium, IBM has essentially ruled the mission-critical high end segment.

Itanium is still out there, but nowhere near the force it used to be.
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If there's anyone who can beat Intel, it's Big Blue.

This.

The specs on POWER8 were just outrageous. Wiki: "POWER8 is designed to be a massively multithreaded chip, with each of its cores capable of handling eight hardware threads simultaneously, for a total of 96 threads executed simultaneously on a 12-core chip."

I can't even imagine what POWER9 is going to be like.... Ever since the market moved away from Itanium, IBM has essentially ruled the mission-critical high end segment.

Itanium is still out there, but nowhere near the force it used to be.

Intel essentially killed off its itanium product line through neglect. They've been pushing their customers towards their high end Xeons. The other thing is the high end xeons cost almost as much as itaniums these days anyway with similar performance.
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