2016 mainstream semiconductor technology is 14 / 16nm FinFET process, there are Intel, TSMC and Samsung / GlobalFoundries (GlobalFoundries) three camps, the next node is 10nm, the three parties will be in volume production next year, but mainly for 10nm low power mobile chip, the next is the next node 7nm high-performance process, 10nm is the first time exceeded the limit, is the focus of the three parties fighting for, TSMC and Samsung are ready to grab first. But the absence of GlobalFoundries company earlier this time to kill back, vowed 7nm node lead.
IBM, GF last year announced the first technology breakthroughs 7nm
On 7nm node, Intel attitude is very cautious, 14nm and 10nm processes have three generations of war, 7nm process to wait until 2020, but more radical TSMC and Samsung, and Samsung recently bought heavily in EUV lithography, hope in the next year started trial production 7nm process, TSMC company to be outdone, the joint statement said CEO Liu tone before 7nm process SRAM yield has reached 30-40%, will be the first in the industry through the process of certification 7nm semiconductor companies.
In addition to these three companies, and a company can not be ignored - the semiconductor business from AMD spinoff GlobalFoundries (GlobalFoundries) company, GF though regarded as AMD, but they are now not much relationship with AMD, AMD shares have all shot, the two sides are now more like a general OEM partnership.
GlobalFoundries in semiconductor technology had to go stumbling, but in the 14nm node decisively abandoned since the inquiry process opting instead for Samsung 14nm FinFET authorization now on track, but they are obviously not willing to this, the 2014 acquisition of IBM's fab operations - they did not spend money, but rather IBM subsidies $ 1.5 billion.
GlobalFoundries received a large number of experienced staff in this acquisition, which is promoting the research and development of new technology is helpful. Last July, GlobalFoundries joint IBM, Samsung and the State University of New York pioneered 7nm process, they have to stay ahead of the next-generation technology.
Recently GlobalFoundries company CTO. Gary Patton, senior vice president revealed their 7nm technology progress, said that it has radically reduced the distance between the gate of new technology (pitch, one of the key indicators to measure the level of technology, the lower, the better).
Patton said they are in volume production 14nm process-fab in Malta, New York City, which laid the foundation for them to develop more advanced technology.
For 7nm, Patton claimed that even without the EUV technology, their new technology can reduce the cost of the wafer.
According to Patton expected, EUV technology is expected to be in volume production in 2020, 2018/2019 may produce a small amount.