GloFo touts 22FDX success with $2 billion of design win revenue

While our enthusiasm for process technology tends to be laser-focused on leading-edge nodes like Intel and GlobalFoundries' 14-nm FinFET technologies, not every chip demands the highest-performance digital logic possible. Pure-play fabs like GlobalFoundries offer a range of process tech to best accommodate customer designs, and the firm announced today that its 22FDX technology, or 22-nm fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator process, has cleared $2 billion of “client design win revenue” across more than 50 products.

As GlobalFoundries puts it, 22FDX can offer “FinFET-like performance and energy efficiency at a cost similar to 28-nm planar technologies.” The foundry says the process is ideal for integrating logic and radio-frequency components on the same die, and it notes 22FDX transistors can be body-biased in software to flexibly manage trade-offs between performance and power consumption. 22FDX also starts with a silicon-on-insulator, or SoI, substrate rather than bulk silicon to improve its performance and power characteristics for the range of customer applications that GlobalFoundries is targeting.

Given those bona fides, it's no surprise that 22FDX has scored design wins among companies like Synaptics for voice and multimedia-crunching chips in Internet of Things devices. GloFo also cites satisfied 22FDX customers like SoC designer Rockchip, IoT cellular connectivity provider Riot Micro, driver assistance system provider Dream Chip, custom wireless and AI provider SingularityAIX, and more.

22FDX is just one in a family of related processes, too. GlobalFoundries is already preparing its next-generation silicon-on-insulator technology, called 12FDX, to deliver both area scaling and improved power efficiency or performance over 22FDX, depending on the customer's design goals. GloFo says 12FDX can deliver 15% higher performance or 50% lower power consumption over 22FDX while retaining the heterogeneous IP readiness, wide range of operating voltages, and flexible transistor biasing that characterize 22FDX today. Competing technologies like Intel's 22FFL promise to make low-power processes for integrating heterogeneous SoCs a hot space in the years to come as the IoT continues to grow.

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    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    I want my next Realtek audio codec built with 22FDX!

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    Riot Micro, Dream Chip, SingularityAIX.

    Yeah these guys are really famous. Last night I dreamed of a riot in the singularity.

      • NTMBK
      • 1 year ago

      The whole point of the process is lower initial cost than FinFET (through cheaper masks), meaning they are intentionally targeting smaller, lower volume customers. The fact that you’ve not heard of them should not come as any surprise!

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    “While our enthusiasm for process technology tends to be laser-focused on leading-edge nodes like Intel and GlobalFoundries’ 14-nm FinFET technolo…”

    Intel: <collective eye roll>

    • blastdoor
    • 1 year ago

    Doesn’t the SOI-sauce mean this is some of that nice IBM tech they bought?

      • willmore
      • 1 year ago

      Could be. They had been a design partner of IBM for a while, so it’s not like they were unfamiliar with it before the purchase. The purchase was more of a “Okay, I want to cash out of the partnership, want all my stuff?”

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      It’s not IBM since IBM’s SOI was partially depleted. It appears to be a derivative of a license from ST Micro, which has been doing FD-SOI for a while now:
      [quote<]GlobalFoundries (GF) also licensed ST’s FD-SOI technology. But instead of bringing it directly to production, GF melded the technology with its own SOI developments and advanced fabrication techniques to create a 22nm FD-SOI process. It expects to achieve low-volume production in 1Q17, with initial customer products entering full production around 2H17[/quote<] [url<]https://www.globalfoundries.com/sites/default/files/fd-soi-offers-alternative-to-finfet.pdf[/url<]

        • blastdoor
        • 1 year ago

        Nice detective work! +3

        • NoOne ButMe
        • 1 year ago

        it gets even more interesting, front end is STmicro’s 14nm FD-SOI. Back end is a 28nm FD-SOI (STmicros? GloFo inhouse? IBM derived?).

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    I likes my silicon like I likes my Uranium: [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvIJvPj_pjE<]Depleted.[/url<]

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