CHIPSHOP Globalfoundries has announced that it taped out a test chip using its 20nm process node.
Globalfoundries, best known for being the main chip fab partner of AMD, has been working to get its 28nm and 20nm process nodes up and running. For Globalfoundries and its customers - in particular, AMD - having a mature 20nm process is desirable to show it has possibilities for die-shrinkage in the near future.
Globalfoundries said that not only has it managed to support "all the key steps" in the 20nm process node, it has worked with all four of its electronic design automation (EDA) vendors to get the much needed setup and support technology and mapping files.
Mojy Chian, SVP of design enablement at Globalfoundries said, "Our model of early collaboration with EDA partners accelerates the overall development cycle, and gives customers accessibility to the inner workings of the process so they can begin targeting their designs to the most advanced manufacturing capabilities with confidence. This success is a major achievement toward market readiness of our newest process, and we will continue to enhance the design enablement support available for it."
It is important to note that Globalfoundries' latest announcement doesn't affect AMD's chips just yet but assures it of access to next generation process nodes when it finally gets bored of 32nm. With Intel moving to its 22nm Tri-gate process next year, Globalfoundries has at least given AMD the chance to move a bit closer to its rival, cadence permitting of course. µ
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