GlobalFoundries, the world’s first global foundry, has major plans and goals for the future. The company is projecting that by 2015 it will not only be profitable, but will also be setting their sights on rolling out 10nm with XM technology and 3D transistors soon to follow.
In a recent announcement GlobalFoundries made it known that they are all set and scheduled to deliver the 14nm process (14XM) sometime in 2014. The 14nm process will strip the life span of the current 20nm process to the bare essentials. The current 28nm silicone manufacturing process will serve the company well through the remainder of 2013. In 2014 the company will roll out the 14XM process, which will feature 3D transistors (called FinFET) and Fully Depleted SOI. It is anticipated that this upgrade will allow GlobalFoundries to produce transistors that exceed the performance of Intel transistors.
The projection of including the 10nm process in the manufacturing of silicone by 2015 is aggressive. However, if GlobalFoundries can meet these goals and be profitable, the company would be poised to truly be the global foundry leader.
Many rumors have swirled about whether or not GlobalFoundries would be looking to leave the semiconductor industry. With these announcements, those rumors should be put to rest. It is now being speculated that the company is considering an acquisition of all of IBM’s current manufacturing facilities. If the company does not make that move, they will most likely continue to expand their Dresden and New York facilities. The main Singapore facility would then continue to serve the analog circuit industry.