Mark LaPedus, EETimes
3/1/2011 6:37 PM EST
SAN JOSE, Calif. – It’s a clash of the titans in the foundry industry between Globalfoundries Inc. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC).
The silicon foundry rivals are separately expanding their process offerings and services for customers, but they have different strategies to knock each other off from their respective perches.
For example, Globalfoundries has a high-k/metal-gate only offering for the gate stack at 28-nm. In contrast, TSMC is offering both a high-k/metal-gate and polysilicon gate-stack options at the node. TSMC is pushing hard for 450-mm fabs. Globalfoundries and other members of IBM Corp.’s ''fab club’’ have been less vocal about 450-mm.
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