AMD and Globalfoundries Have Announced a 14nm Silicon
GlobalFoundries and AMD are joining forces to bring us a 14nm process, as the chip maker is skipping 20nm. The delay of Zen is evidence that AMD changed plans and skipped 20nm.
14nm FinFET process is successful but the announcement is a bit vague. We don’t know what stage of development this process is currently at, but sounds like AMD has received working prototypes.
Anyways, the 14nm process was produced on Low Power Plus, which is GlobalFoundries’ second-generation 14nm FinFET design. In comparison to the LPE, 14LPP is more refined and provides better performance. To be exact, it gives 10% performance boost.
According to Mark Papermaster, senior vice president and chief technology officer at AMD:
GLOBALFOUNDRIES has worked tirelessly to reach this key milestone on its 14LPP process. We look forward to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ continued progress towards full production readiness and expect to leverage the advanced 14LPP process technology across a broad set of our CPU, APU, and GPU products.
FinFET technology is expected to be used in a range of different products from AMD, starting 2016. This technology is among the most advanced we have today and AMD products are going to highly benefit from it.