Globalfoundries has manufactured 50 ICs designed in its 22FDX process that address applications across automotive, 5G connectivity and the Internet of Things.

However, Globalfoundries was a distant second behind leading foundry TSMC in 2017, according to IC Insights.  That was about $6 billion in total sales for Globalfoundries compared to more than $32 billion by TSMC (see Second tier foundries lose market share). Such is TSMC’s strength at the leading-edge that it has been accused of monopolistic behaviour (see Report: Globalfoundries asks China to probe TSMC and Report: GlobalFoundries accuses TSMC of unfair selling).

TSMC is a leader in FinFET technology and is pushing on down to 7nm production but does not offer the FDSOI process, which allows for back biasing of voltages to achieve clock frequencies of up to 500MHz at 0.4V. The technology also allows single-chip integration of RF, transceiver, baseband, processor, and power management components.

“We have found a way to separate ourselves from the pack by emphasizing our differentiated FDSOI roadmap and client-focused offerings that are poised to enable connected intelligence. We will continue to build on our momentum and look for ways to expand our reach to address the evolving needs of the industry,” said Tom Caulfield, CEO of Globalfoundries, in a statement.

Globalfoundries’ clients using the 22FDX process include Beyond Semiconductor, Dream Chip Technologies GmbH, eVaderis, Ferroelectric Memory Co., InnoPhase Inc., RacyICs, Riot Micro, RockChip.

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Dresden firm takes FDSOI down to 0.4V

Report: Globalfoundries asks China to probe TSMC

Report: GlobalFoundries accuses TSMC of unfair selling

Second tier foundries lose market share

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