AMD confirms 20-nm chips will be manufactured on 16 nm process technology FinFET

 Many companies publish preliminary quarterly reports on their financial situation. AMD was in a position worse than expected in the second quarter 2015, which ended on 27 June. The drop in sales was not three percent, and as many as eight. The reason is the low sales APU.

However, we are interested in other items in the report regarding the planned technical process AMD. The company has invested 33 million. US dollars for the transition from 20-nm process technology on FinFET. What exactly is meant by the technical process FinFET, AMD did not specify. It seems that the company planned to produce some APU 20-nm process technology. These include the “Skybridge” . Recall that under him hiding SoC with cores ARM Cortex, which is pin-compatible with the efficient SoC AMD with nuclei “Puma +”.

At the moment, AMD does not specify any particular product or category of products that It planned to make on process technology FinFET. Also, it is not clear and where to begin production. As for the GPU, it is can be used power TSMC, and processors can be manufactured in factories Globalfoundries, and in the foreseeable future, this division is unlikely to change. The benefits of a more modern and smaller process technology are obvious: higher clock speeds and lower power consumption. But AMD will now have to incur additional costs, and on the transition will require additional time. Crystals benefit from FinFET, but it is not clear whether AMD will release them in time.

16 July AMD will present the official results of the second quarter of 2015, then we will certainly be able to learn new details of a change in strategy.


AMD confirms 20-nm chips will be manufactured on 16 nm process technology FinFET updated: July 7, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis