30 Nov '12, 5pm

#GLOBALFOUNDRIES' #14XM FinFET wafers set to start as early as Q1 2013 via @eetimes

LONDON – The first multiproject wafer runs for customers testing Globalfoundries' 14-nm FinFET manufacturing process technology could start as soon as the first quarter of 2013, according to Mike Noonen, executive vice president of worldwide marketing and sales at the foundry chip maker. Globalfoundries Inc. (Milpitas, Calif.) is pushing hard to get customers into volume production with chips on its14XM process in 2014, just one year after introducing a 20-nm process. In part it is trying to do this by reusing the middle and back-end processes from the 20-nm process while replacing planar transistors with FinFETs thereby making for an easier transition. A move from 20LPM to 14XM is expected to produce improved power and performance albeit at approximately the same die area. Noonen said that 14XM mutiproject wafer (MPW) runs could take place in the first or second quarters ...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4402427/Globalfou...

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