GlobalFoundries has announced that its Fab 1 in Dresden, Germany has shipped a quarter million wafers based on 32nm high-K metal gate (HKMG) technology over the last year.
The chipmaker pointed out that it had exceeded its customer’s product shipment requirements and the 32nm yield challenges are well behind it.
GloFo wheeled in new AMD chief exec Rory Read to comment. He said that in one quarter, it was able to double yields on 32nm. It means that the company could finish 2011 having exceeded its 32nm product shipment requirements.
“Based on this successful ramp of 32nm HKMG, we are committed to moving ahead on 28nm with GlobalFoundries,” Read said.
On a unit basis, cumulative 32nm shipments for the first five quarters of wafer production are more than double that achieved during the same period of the 45nm technology ramp, he added.
This showed that the 32nm ramp has significantly outpaced the 45nm ramp, despite the integration of a number of new and complex elements in both design and process technologies.
Now that its 32nm HKMG supply is unconstrained, AMD can now increase output of its latest chips, including new Opteron processors for servers, FX CPUs for desktops, A-series “Llano” and “Trinity” APUs. Of course it is still miffed at the GloFo delays and is rumoured to be looking elsewhere for new suppliers.