Samsung Electronics and GLOBALFOUNDRIES to share manufacturing capacity for 14 nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology, with volume production at Samsung's fabs in Hwaseong, Korea and Austin, Texas, as well as GLOBALFOUNDRIES' fab in Saratoga, New York.
Samsung has licensed 14nm FinFET process to GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Process design kits (PDKs) are already made available. Mass production for the 14nm FinFET technology is expected at the end of 2014.
"This unprecedented collaboration will result in a global capacity footprint for 14nm FinFET technology that provides AMD with enhanced capabilities to bring our innovative IP into silicon on leading-edge technologies," said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of Global Business Units at AMD. "The work that GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung are doing together will help AMD deliver our next generation of groundbreaking products with new levels of processing and graphics capabilities to devices ranging from low-power mobile devices, to next-generation dense servers to high-performance embedded solutions."
"This strategic collaboration extends the value proposition of a single GDSII multi-sourcing to the FinFET nodes. With this true multi-source platform, Samsung and GLOBALFOUNDRIES have made it easy for fabless semiconductor companies to access FinFET technology and increase first-time silicon success," said Dr. Stephen Woo, president of System LSI Business, Device Solutions Division, Samsung Electronics. "Through this collaboration, we are advancing the foundry business and support model to satisfy what customers have been asking for."
"Today's announcement is further proof of the importance of collaboration to enable continued innovation in semiconductor manufacturing," said GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Sanjay Jha. "With this industry-first alignment of 14nm FinFET production capabilities, we can offer greater choice and flexibility to the world's leading fabless semiconductor companies, while helping the fabless industry to maintain its leadership in the mobile device market."