GlobalFoundries (GloFo) has just sued Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer… Claiming that its rival is infringing several patents in the United States and Germany.
GlobalFoundries vs TSMC – The patents in question are used in the chips that bring the iPhone to life, all smartphones Google Pixel, all NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, etc…
So even though things are still in their infancy … If the court finds GlobalFoundries to be right, the technology world will suffer greatly. After all, besides the Apple, Google and NVIDIA, GF also targets ASUS, Broadcom, Cisco, HiSense, Lenovo, MediaTek, Motorola, OnePlus, Qualcomm, and TCL.
So in all, GlobalFoundries accuses TSMC of infringing 16 patents!
That is 13 patents in the United States and 3 more in Germany. (See the list here). However, very curiously, AMD was not in the noise. One of its largest partners, but also one of TSMC's largest customers. After all, all 7nm AMD products (RX 5700, AMD Ryzen 3000, Radeon VII) are produced by GloFo's rival.
Unable to compete in the technology field, GlobalFoundries decided to compete in the courts
If you don't know, there is a very important reason why AMD has “fled” from its partner GloFo to close a deal with TSMC… GF has given up on 7nm technology development. Shifting your focus to RF and IoT chips. So, without the ability to compete with the big ones in the industry (TSMC and Samsung), it seems that the big solution was to go to court.
In short, things can get very ugly in a number of markets! In fact, although GF is only pointing its guns at the US and Germany, this is very likely to have a worldwide impact.
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