A couple of days ago Mubadala reported that GlobalFoundries had kicked off production of 14nm chips. The Abu Dhabi government investment vehicle is the owner of GlobalFoundries so this is about as official as it gets. GlobalFoundries confirmed the news and explained their 14nm FinFET technology is maturing and on schedule at Fab 8 in Malta, New York.
GlobalFoundries is shipping small volume to certain clients but there's no word about how the yields are other than a vague statement that the early version (14LPE) is yielding in the double digits.
“Our 14nm FinFET technology is maturing and on schedule at our Fab 8 facility in Malta, New York,” said Jason Gorss, a spokesman for GlobalFoundries, in a statement. “The early version (14LPE) is qualified in our fab and our lead product is yielding in double digits. Since 2014, we have taped multiple products and testchips and are seeing rapid progress, in yield and maturity, for volume shipments in 2015.”
Right now it is unknown which 14nm chips GlobalFounfries produces at present, but it is highly likely that the company makes Samsung Exynos 7420 application processors for its process tech partner. Another early partner of GlobalFoundries with its 14nm FinFET production could be Apple, which is expected to use Samsung’s 14nm process tech to make its upcoming A9 system-on-chip.