GlobalFoundries enabling the next wave of ‘foundry’ innovation
GlobalFoundries is bringing a highly integrated model to foundry, which involves the extension of customer operations, early customer-foundry engagement, as well as close collaboration and joint technology development. This would enable faster time to volume and market, leading to smooth ramps to mature yields. Chian added that design, manufacturing, and EDA/IP solutions must work in unison to accomplish this.
According to him, the industry desperately needs a new approach. Here, he discussed GlobalFoundries’ 28nm collaborative innovation, which involves four phases.
Phase 1: Exploration
Phase 2: Optimization
Phase 3: Iteration
Phase 4: Implementation
The ultimate goal: process qualified on same day as tapeout! Target-driven technology development and design enablement are at the core of accelerating time-to-market.
Design Enablement at GlobalFoundries is said to be an unique approach to bridging the gap between design and manufacturing. There is close collaboration and early engagement. Although product engineering heritage is not typically found at foundries, GlobalFoundries has been able to make use of the best practices from Chartered’s foundry experience.
All of this leads to optimized performance, leakage and yields, accelerated time to market, reduced design and manufacturing risks, integrated system-level functionality.
Changing landscape; close relationship with customers
Here, he highlighted GlobalFoundries’ attempt at delivering differentiated design solutions. According to him, close partnership with customers enables a collaborative development environment. There is early engagement that influences product planning and architecture. Not only these, it facilitates access to technology and design enablement experts as well, and leads to the establishment of trust and intimacy at the technical level.
Further, there is availability of customized solutions that maximize ROI. Also, you can optimize design/process to meet requirements. There are concurrent design and process development to improve TTM and TTV — also leading to interim PDK releases, as well as version 0.1 based IP releases.
Close partnership with the customer also optimizes the interface of design and process, leading to improved yields and increasing the competitive advantage.