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  • intel_fanboy intel_fanboy Jun 20, 2012 7:24 AM Flag

    GlobalFoundries Readies the 20nm Process Node

    I for one love GF! Such an amazing company. I remember hearing AMD bragging all about them. In fact, some idiot was on this very board perhaps 3 years ago telling all of us that AMD was right, and fabless was the way to go. Then they nearly killed off AMD with 40nm Llano problems just last year. Now, by next year they are going to figure out 20nm?

    My guess is (and I can be wrong about this) is that by next year both TSMC and GF will have at least one piece of equipment that will produce 20nm wafers. They will start working with it. If they can get some working CPU's and GPU's they are going to hand them out to some of their clients for testing purposes. But real high volume production of 20nm is optimistically 2015.

    As time goes on I am thinking that 28nm will see yields improve next year but won't go into high gear until 2014. As others have suggested I think the industry will be at 28nm for sometime to come. I don't know when 20nm will be commonplace in the street. Unlike others on here I do secretly cheer for these nodes because they end up in some amazing video cards. If I see 20nm GPU's by 2015 I'll be impressed.

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    • "My guess is (and I can be wrong about this) is that by next year both TSMC and GF will have at least one piece of equipment that will produce 20nm wafers."

      There was a tapeout last year of ARM A15 in 20nm...

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      • Since I don't have a degree in EE I wanted to see what "Tape-Out" meant. From Wikipedia.

        "In electronics design, tape-out or tapeout is the final result of the design cycle for integrated circuits or printed circuit boards, the point at which the artwork for the photomask of a circuit is sent for manufacture...

        First tapeout is rarely the end of work for the design team. Most chips will go through a set of spins where fixes are implemented after testing the first article. Many different factors can cause a spin, including:
        The taped-out design fails final checks at the foundry due to problems manufacturing the design itself.
        The design is successfully fabricated, but the first article fails functionality tests."

    • I do secretly cheer for these nodes


      seek help asap, pumper boy.

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