GlobalFoundries initiated legal actions in 5 different courts (3 in the US and 2 in Germany) against a total of 20 companies, ensuring that they violated several of their patents, and requested the import block in the United States of all companies that use products that violate these patents.
The companies involved in the lawsuits are: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC), Apple, Broadcom, Mediatek, nVidia, Qualcomm, Xilinx, Avnet / EBV, Digi-key, Mouser, Arista, ASUS, BLU, Cisco, Google, HiSense, Lenovo, Motorola, TCL, and OnePlus.
The worst part is TSMC, accused of violating 16 patents, in its processes of 28nm, 16nm, 12nm, 10nm and 7nm, that is, almost its entire range of products, with the exception of its 14nm. According to GlobalFoundries, this was achieved thanks to information shared by other companies that previously worked with them and then exchanged them for TSMC, although it is not proven.
GlobalFoundries asked the US courts for an import block for all products manufactured by TSMC or that include a chip manufactured by TSMC. This includes any cell phone with Qualcomm chip, CPUs and 3rd GPUs. Generation of AMD, Nvidia graphics, cell phones and tablets Apple, and much more. It will be interesting to see the resolution, although we see this blockage as very unlikely.
What do you think about this demand from GlobalFoundries?
Source: Tom’s Hardware