back to article GlobalFoundries calls off the dogs to reach semiconductor patent sharing deal with TSMC

Just two months after GlobalFoundries started legal action against Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the pair have reached a 10-year patent-sharing agreement. To have ended any kind of corporate legal row in just two months is impressive, even more so when it involves fiendishly complex patent claims. The …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Perhaps this might pave the way for Global Foundries to invest in lower than 14nm lithography again after their plans were put on hold. It's worrying that to my knowledge only two companies are currently producing 7nm CPUs

    1. rcxb Bronze badge

      I'm looking forward to 0nm CPUs.

    2. DougS Silver badge

      Not really. Most of what is involved in how TSMC, Intel, Samsung, GF etc. turn out wafers is trade secret, not patented. The cross licensing will avoid stepping on each other's toes, but it isn't going to give GF much if any of a leg up to smaller processes. Especially since the main reason they decided to stop competing with the big boys was cost - it costs about $10 billion to design and become ready for manufacturing a state of the art process. They simply don't have the cash to compete any longer.

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