Want to know the three lessons for GLOBALFOUNDRIES from its 28nm high-K, metal-gate development?

Yesterday, I attended the Global Technology Conference, a chip-making extravaganza underwritten by GLOBALFOUNDRIES and its partners. Got several blog posts to write about this information-packed day but thought I’d start with the three lessons that GLOBALFOUNDRIES learned from its 28nm high-K, metal-gate development, as told by Gregg Bartlett, Senior VP of Technology and Engineering at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

Here are the lessons:

  1. Materials integration is as important as materials selection.
  2. SRAM is not a good yield predictor for advanced application-processing chips at 28nm.
  3. HKMG (high-K, metal-gate) process technology is hard to perfect, but it can be tamed.

So what is GLOBALFOUNDRIES getting for its blood, sweat, and tears from 28nm?

  1. 100% density increase relative to 40nm.
  2. 40% speed increase and 40% switching energy reduction relative to 40nm.
  3. 50% speed increase relative to 40nm with overdrive.
  4. 10-20% smaller die relative to 28nm gate last due to routability

About sleibson2

EDA360 Evangelist and Marketing Director at Cadence Design Systems (blog at https://eda360insider.wordpress.com/)
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