GLOBALFOUNDRIES Jumping Directly To 7nm FinFET Chip Production
We recently talked about the AMD Starship Processor and how AMD might be skipping the 10nm chips and going directly from the 14nm to 7nm FinFET chip production. Well, it seems more likely now that GLOBALFOUNDRIES is skipping directly to the 7nm FinFET chip production as well. So we could see the AMD Starship Processor based on the 7nm FinFET chip production process coming out in the coming year.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Sanjay Jha claims:
“We are well positioned to deliver a differentiated 7nm FinFET technology by tapping our years of experience manufacturing high-performance chips, the talent and know-how of our former IBM Microelectronics colleagues and the world-class R&D pipeline from our research alliance. No other foundry can match this legacy of manufacturing high-performance chips.”
According to reports the shift to the 7nm FinFET chip production will result in 30% better performance and the company will the using tools and processes previously sued in the 14nm process. We also know that AMD and GLOBALFOUNDRIES have a good relationship together. IBM is also working with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and this is what researchers have to say:
“IBM Research continues to collaborate with GLOBALFOUNDRIES in developing new ideas, new skills and new technologies that will help accelerate our joint research in 7nm technology and beyond.”
IBM research team thinks that this move is a bit risky and that it is a big jump but we know that in business high-risk yields high rewards and the same is the case here.
How long will it take for this to reach the general consumer you ask? Well this is what the foundry has to say about that:
“The technology is expected to be ready for customer product design starts in the second half of 2017, with ramp to risk production in early 2018”.
This might be an indication of the AMD Starship Processor coming out late 2017 or early 2018 depending on yields.