Rambus at the Samsung Foundry Forum

This entry was posted on Monday, May 21st, 2018.

In 2005, Samsung launched its Foundry business to provide leading-edge technology to the broader market. Based on accumulated technology leadership, Samsung successfully developed the foundry industry’s first 32nm High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) process in 2010, and started the first 14nm Fin Field Effect Transistor (FinFET) product’s mass production

The third annual Samsung Foundry Forum (SFF) in the United States is set to take place on May 22nd, 2018 at the Santa Clara Marriott, where industry leaders will share their latest innovations in process technology, IP, design tools, design services, and packing for established and emerging applications.

Rambus is participating in SFF as a Samsung Advanced Foundry Ecosystem (SAFE™) partner. “Samsung Foundry is our strategic partner on an IP development front, specifically for High-Speed SerDes in 14nm and 10 nm.” says Mohit Gupta, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Rambus’ Memory and Interfaces Division. “We play an important role as part of their IP ecosystem and at SFF this year, we are focused on our 28G and 56G SerDes IP offerings.”

A worldwide event, SFF is revamping its efforts in hopes of being a credible pure play Foundry. With other SFFs happening in Santa Clara, Seoul, and Shanghai, Rambus hopes to participate in North America, South Korea, China, and possibly EMEA. “Samsung is doing worldwide foundry forums to promote Samsung Foundry and its partners. Participating here gives us broader visibility with our target customer base for our Samsung Foundry IP,” says Hemant Dhulla, Rambus’ Vice President of Product Marketing.

Rambus’ 28G and 56G SerDes

Rambus will be discussing 28G and 56G SerDes offerings for 14nm and 10nm. Also, our 56G solution uses an Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) based long-reach (LR) design for backplane applications. Rambus can also offer a power optimized version for medium and short reach application if there is customer interest. Rambus is also the exclusive supplier for 56G on SS10.

The Samsung-Rambus Partnership

Rambus’ partnership with Samsung has produced other great products like the SS14 28G SerDes, which is deployed on multiple ASICs in the wireless and wired communication space. Gupta says that Rambus will “continue to support Samsung Foundry based on customer requests and demand to address the needs on high speed interfaces.” Moreover, Dhulla says that showcasing Rambus’ IP demonstrates solid partnership with Samsung Foundry, which will create pull from the target customer base.

The Bottom Line

As an effort to provide cutting-edge semiconductor technology to the broader market, Samsung Foundry was established, with SFF showcasing innovational products worldwide. As a SAFE™ ecosystem partner, Rambus is helping to achieve that vision through its partnership with Samsung.