2016 is off to a great start with the news that AMD’s next-generation GPU hardware will employ GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 14nm LPP (low-power plus) FinFET process technology.
GF’s silicon-proven technology will be integrated into AMD’s new GPU architecture, Polaris, which is set to fuel some of the most powerful compute and graphics applications, including thin and light gaming notebooks, small form factor desktops, and discrete graphics cards with lower power demands.
The 14LPP platform taps the benefits of three-dimensional, fully-depleted FinFET transistors, and offers impressive gains over 28nm bulk CMOS with up to 50 percent increase in performance and a 65 percent reduction in total power.
“This milestone demonstrates that our 14nm technology is one step closer to full-scale production of some of the most complex chips in the world,” said Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of the CMOS Platforms Business Unit at GF. “We have delivered our 14nm FinFET technology as planned, a world-class canvas for AMD’s breakthrough GPU architecture.”
And all the hard work is paying off, with the performance-enhanced process qualified in the third quarter of this year and, most recently, the announcement that AMD taped out multiple products using the 14LPP process technology.
GF’s 14nm FinFET technology is manufactured at Fab 8 in upstate New York –one of the world’s most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facilities. The production ramp of 14LPP is expected to produce leading-edge chips that will enable customers like AMD to deliver more processing power in a smaller footprint for applications that demand the ultimate in performance.
Bartlett added, “Our 14nm FinFET technology was designed to meet these extreme performance levels and we look forward to ramping multiple AMD products to full-scale production in 2016.”