We are not used to hearing positive things on AMD's part, but in its latest validity there seems to be A positive trend in this field. After a few short and modest statements about it, at AMD finally Declare officially For producing first chip samples based on the FinFET process at 14 nm at GlobalFoundries, the chip manufacturer created from AMD, After it decided to give up its independent production capabilities in order to survive in the competitive market.
The chips are based on the 14LPP process, which is actually the second generation of 14 nanometer chips, with several technological improvements in the production process, providing an improvement of 10 to 15 in performance with the same power consumption compared with the first 14LPE generation, In the market such as Exynos 7420 סמסונג And the A9 / A9X of Dark. If you take into account that these products have managed to display unprecedented capabilities in terms of the mobile market - this is a fairly respectable addition.
The official announcement of AMD joins For another current report, According to which a prototype of the IC-Zen Examined by the company's staff, and found to 'meet all expectations' - when those expectations, we will remind you, were reflected in the promise of a 40 percent improvement in the level of operations performed per clock pulse (IPC) compared to its current Excavator cores
AMD did not specify the type of chips that were returned to the company and found to be in good working order, but the prevailing assessment is that these are indeed chips in the new and promising Zen architecture - while The future graphic core Will continue to be produced (in their absolute majority or in full) by the competitor TSMCIn the process,FinFET In the 16 nanometer it developed under the name FinFET +.
Based on what we saw from the new Apple A9 chips we mentioned in the previous paragraphs, which were produced both in the 14 process סמסונג (Which is actually very similar to the process of GlobalFoundries, which leased its technology after its self-experience failed about two years ago) and in the 16-nanometer process of TSMC, Shows that these technologies have the ability to provide impressive and very similar performance and capabilities - and therefore there is less significance to the specific process applied for this or that product, ostensibly. We can only congratulate ourselves on the fact that the semiconductor market is 'coming to life' during this period with significant and multiple competition that we have not really seen since the beginning of the previous decade.