Samsung and GlobalFoundries have teamed up to manufacture next-generation chip technology at their respective fabs in South Korea, Texas and Malta.
The companies announced Thursday that for the first time, the industry’s most advanced 14-nanometer FinFET technology will be available at both Samsung and GlobalFoundries, ensuring supply for customers and greater choice and flexibility to leading fabless companies. The news comes amid ongoing speculation that Malta could become the future location for manufacturing Apple iPhone chips, under an agreement with Samsung, which has made most of Apple’s processing chips.
Samsung and GlobalFoundries are describing their new partnership as a strategic collaboration that will deliver “unprecedented global capacity footprint” for the 14-nanometer technology, which will begin mass production at the end of this year.
Samsung and GlobalFoundries have been close for some time now. They are partners in advanced chip research at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering and four of their global fabs, including Fab 8 in Malta, are synced up, allowing customers to freely swap orders between the factories.
Developed by Samsung and licensed to GlobalFoundries, the 14-nanometer FinFET process is based on a technology platform that’s become a leading choice for its higher speed and power efficiency.