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
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 …
Tuesday 29th October 2019 22:53 GMT Anonymous Coward
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.