Globalfoundries launches 7nm ASIC platform

June 14, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
Globalfoundries Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), which is now offering design kits for its 7LP 7nm FinFET manufacturing process, ha also produce an ASIC platform to help developers address applications in the data center, in machine learning, automotive and 5G networks.

The first customer products based on 7LP are expected to launch in 1H18, with volume production ramping in 2H18. Design kits for the FX-7 ASIC offering are now available to customers, with volume production expected in 2019.

The FX-7 design platform combines the manufacturing process technology with intellectual property and options for 2.5D/3D packaging and follows the same lines as FX-14, which Globalfoundries offers to support its 14nm FinFET process.

FX-7 interface IPs include: 60G, 112G SERDES, low-voltage SRAM, embedded TCAM, integrated DACs/ADCs and ARM processors. In addition, the FX-7 portfolio enables new design methodologies and complex ASIC solutions for lower power and high-performance applications targeting hyper-scale data centers, 5G networking, and machine and deep learning applications. Future extensions are planned to support solutions for automotive ADAS and imaging applications.

"With its new FX-7 ASIC offering, GF is extending its reach beyond traditional foundry customers to a new generation of systems companies who are looking to leverage bleeding-edge silicon processes for a wide range of applications, from deep learning for artificial intelligence to next-generation 5G networks," said Jim McGregor, founder and principal analyst at Tirias Research, in a statement issued by Globalfoundries.

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