GLOBALFOUNDRIES' industry-leading 28nm Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) design platform is based on high-k metal-gate (HKMG) technology. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is driving the global standard for new technologies such as High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) with several co-development partners including IBM, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, Samsung, and Toshiba. This 28nm HKMG solution is far superior to that currently pursued by the other leading pure-play foundries, in both scalability (die size, design compatibility, performance) and manufacturability. This 28nm solution is a "Gate-First" approach that shares the process flow, design flexibility, design elements and benefits of all previous nodes based upon poly SiON gate stacks.
The technology is available in super low-power (SLP), high performance-plus (HPP) and low power, high performance (LPH) technology offerings, to cater to the complex requirements of next-generation SoC's.
28nm Super Low Power
28nm-SLP targets low-power applications including cellular base band, application processors, portable consumer and wireless connectivity devices. 28nm-SLP utilizes HKMG and presents a 2x gate density benefit, but is a lower cost technology in terms of the performance elements utilized to boost carrier mobilities.
28nm High Performance Plus (HPP)
28nm-HPP targets high performance networking and wired communication applications. The technology supports low, standard, and high Vt options with an operating voltage of 0.85V. The lower operating voltage is selected for the lowest possible active power , critical for networking and server products where carbon footprint is increasingly an important consideration. The I/O choices include 1.8V (with an underdrive option to 1.5V) to meet different product specifications. 28nm-HPP features a wide choice of metal options. 28nm-HPP technology provides a performance boost of as much as 10% over a competitive offering.
28nm Low Power, High Performance (LPH)
28nm-LPH technology complements the SLP technology, extending the frequency of operation for high-performance smartphones, high-end tablets, and notebook computers. The technology supports 4 Vts (low, standard, high and ultra-high) options with an operating voltage of 0.90V. Understanding the requirement for extended battery life needed for mobile environments, the technology comes with ultra-low leakage transistors as well as low leakage memories. When compared to 40nm, the technology can provide 50 percent active power reduction or 60 percent performance boost. The I/O devices support 1.8V (with underdrive option to 1.5V) and , 2.5V (with underdrive 1.8V and 3.3V overdrive options) to meet different product specifications. 28nm-LPH also features a wide choice of metal stack options, optimized for density and power.