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GlobalFoundries Stops 7nm Semiconductor Development, Accounts Inert demand

GlobalFoundries makes a strategic helm in which it has come into a decision to stop all work on its 7LP (7 nm) fabrication processes.

GlobalFoundries makes a strategic helm in which it has come into a decision to stop all work on its 7LP (7 nm) fabrication processes. This announcement of GlobalFoundries will slash 5pc of its staff as well as renegotiate its WSA and IP-related deals with AMD and IBM.

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The American semiconductor foundry said will focus on specialized process technologies for clients in emerging high-growth markets.

CEO Tom Caulfield said the chip fab would be shifting its resources (including an R&D restructure) to the 14 and 12nm FinFET efforts, where he says most of GlobalFoundries chip customers are focusing.

In announcing the move, Caulfield said companies don’t seem to have much interest in the planned 7nm architecture. Rather, they are planning to stay with the current-gen architectures and squeeze performance out by other means.

“The vast majority of today’s fabless customers are looking to get more value out of each technology generation to leverage the substantial investments required to design into each technology node,” Caulfield claims.

GlobalFoundries and Samsung have a joint technology agreement, though it appears the deal will not extend to the fabrication of 7nm chips.

While a difficult feat, shrinking die size increases the density of a given chip to fit more transistors into a smaller space, thereby presenting a number of performance and efficiency improvements. For consumers, benefits typically include a reduction in power usage that can help increase battery life, lower heat production, and a boost to processing capacity.

AMD announced that it would move its 7nm production to TSMC and the 7nm chips will be an important launch for AMD, as a successful rollout would give the company an advantage over Intel, who is struggling to get its next-gen 10nm line up and running.

AMD says the move will not affect its product roadmap, and the first 7nm GPUs are expected to leave the factory this fall with CPUs set to arrive in 2019.

On the other hand, AMD is not cutting off GlobalFoundries completely as AMD is known to continue to make AMD’s 14 and 12nm chips, including the Ryzen, Radeon, and Epyc lines that have been propelling the company’s market resurgence over the last year.

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