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Globafoundries Announces 7 nm FinFET Technology

Discussion in 'Frontpage news' started by Hilbert Hagedoorn, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Globafoundries announced plans to deliver a new leading-edge 7nm FinFET semiconductor technology that will offer the ultimate in performance for the next era of computing applications. This technolog...

    Globafoundries Announces 7 nm FinFET Technology
     
  2. thatguy91

    thatguy91 Ancient Guru

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    Interesting, Intel's first high performance 10 nm CPU, Ice Lake, won't be ready until likely end-2018. It's successor Tiger Lake in late 2019/early 2020 will still be on the 10 nm process. AMD might release a 7 nm CPU before Intel does.
     
  3. GeniusPr0

    GeniusPr0 Maha Guru

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    Would be nice for notebooks, seeing as that's what's really benefited the most. Could put a Fury X in a notebook on 7nm.
     
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    d_mouse Maha Guru

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    Well if they can hit the 2018 target that would be nice but I'm doubtful considering how long they've been stuck on 32/28nm
     

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    alanm Ancient Guru

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    MainFrame Alpha Member Guru

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    Bold move skipping the 10nm process node, someone made a smart calculated move investing in GF :nerd:
    hope they just play it right.
     
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    Kaarme Ancient Guru

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    They aren't stuck on 32/28nm. They are already commercially producing 14nm chips, after all. But 2018 is indeed ambitious, all things considered.
     
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    Aura89 Ancient Guru

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    Do you believe this because AMD has been "stuck" on those? AMD is not their only customer.....
     
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    MasterBash Master Guru

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    I am still astonished at how much more power efficient nvidia is than amd, on their newest cards...

    I dunno what to think about this, I mean sure 7nm is a good thing but if the end results are not very good then I dunno...
     
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    Process Nodes

    7nm at GlobalFoundries is a marketing term. It means "FinFET Equivalent to Planar 7nm" to describe essentially a 10nm FinFET process node, which isn't entirely accurate either, but is closest in pitch size vs Intel's process node scale of the same physical size.
     

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    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    AMD and NVidia use completely different architectures. The architecture itself determines power efficiency more so than the process node.
     
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    Not really sure why they bother since they have not even got their present day process nodes working well yet either. Just ask AMD.
     
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    ManofGod Maha Guru

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    Doesn't seem like the end results have been very good for the last few years, unfortunately.
     
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    d_mouse Maha Guru

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    I didn't mean they are still stuck there, I mean that given how long there were stuck there for, skipping 10nm and going from 14nm straight to 7nm might not be as quick and easy as they are saying
     

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    d_mouse Maha Guru

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    Not at all, just saying that GloFlo was stuck there for a lot longer than Intel and if it wasn't for a deal with Sammy they wouldn't have beaten TSMC to 14nm.

    Skipping 10nm seems a bit ambitious
     
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    ASML EUV magic, apparently...
     
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    This is the new device that promises the new revolution in the lithography process and dip below 7nm

    https://spectrum.ieee.org/semicondu...makers-eye-euv-lithography-to-save-moores-law - here's the tech explained

    Aparently TSMC / Samsung / Intel / GlobalFoundry all have billions invested in ASML's EUV tech with hopes to get first production up and running by next year. But, as with all chip production, yield aka profits are the bottom line. But EUV brings hope of dipping towards the quantum potential of the silicon wafers that is afaik 2-3nm with multiple patterning.
     
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    The major update to Zen (not the upcoming minor update to 12 nm), is believed to use this and is expected to go up against Ice Lake/Tiger Lake. Intel were meant to be on 10 nm wth Cannonlake, but due to issues Cannonlake was delayed multiple times and now will be low powered devices only. Ice Lake will be the first 10 nm for desktops, assuming they sort those issues. Ice Lake will be going up against this updated Zen, assuming time scale will remain the same from now, give or take a few months. This new Zen is supposedly on an updated AM4 socket, but not sure on the changes.
     

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