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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
Subsidiary
Industry Semiconductor foundry
Founded 2 March 2009
Headquarters Santa Clara, California, U.S.
Key people
Sanjay Jha (CEO)
Products Silicon wafers
Revenue US$4.26 billion (2013) [1][2]
Number of employees
13,000[3]
Parent ATIC
Website www.globalfoundries.com

GlobalFoundries (stylized as GLOBALFOUNDRIES) is a semiconductor foundry with its headquarters located in Santa Clara, California. GlobalFoundries was created by the divestiture of the manufacturing arm of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on March 2, 2009, and expanded through the acquisition of Chartered Semiconductor on January 23, 2010. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is the owner of the company through its subsidiary Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC). On March 4, 2012, AMD announced they divested their final 14% stake in the company, which concluded AMD's multi-year plan to divest its manufacturing arm.[4]

The firm manufactures integrated circuits in high volume mostly for semiconductor companies such as AMD, Broadcom, Qualcomm, and STMicroelectronics. It has five 200 mm wafer fabrication plants in Singapore, and two 300 mm fabrication plants each in Germany and Singapore, as well as a new 300 mm fabrication plant in Malta, Saratoga County, New York in the United States scheduled to begin volume production in 2013.[5]

Sanjay Jha is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GlobalFoundries.[6]

Overview[edit]

As of 2012, the firm owned eight fabrication plants. Fab 1 is in Dresden, Germany. Fabs 2 through 7 are in Singapore, and a new plant, Fab 8, will be operational in the United States in 2012. These sites are supported by a global network of R&D, design enablement, and customer support in Singapore, China, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.[7]

Fabrication facilities[edit]

300 mm fabrication facilities[edit]

Globalfoundries Fab 1 in Dresden

Fab 1[edit]

Fab 1, located in Dresden, Germany is a 364,512 m² plant which was transferred to GlobalFoundries on its inception: Fab 36 and Fab 38 were renamed Module 1 and Module 2, respectively. Each module can produce 25,000 300 mm diameter wafers per month.[5][8]

Module 1 is a 300 mm wafer production facility. It is capable of manufacturing wafers at 65 nm and 45 nm for use in AMD CPUs, APUs, and future 32 nm SOI HKMG silicon. Module 2 was originally named "(AMD) Fab 30" and was a 200 mm fab producing 30,000 Wafer Outs Per Month (wopm), but has now been converted into a 300 mm wafer fab. Together they have a maximum full capacity of 80,000 of 300 mm wafers/month. (180,000 200 mm wafers/month equivalent), using technologies of 45 nm and below.

Fab 7[edit]

Fab 7, located in Singapore, is an operational 300 mm Fab, originally owned by Chartered Semiconductor. It produces wafers at 130 nm to 40 nm on bulk CMOS and SOI processes. It has a maximum full capacity of 50,000 300 mm wafers/month. (112,500 200 mm wafers/month equivalent), using 130 to 40 nm technology.[5]

Fab 8[edit]

Fab 8, located in Luther Forest Technology Campus, Saratoga County, New York, USA is a new 300 mm Fab. This fabrication plant was previously named Fab 4x when it was still part of AMD. It is a new 20 nm wafer plant. The plant's construction began in July 2009 and the company started mass production in 2012.[5][9] It has a maximum full capacity of 60,000 of 300 mm wafers/month. (More than 135,000 200 mm wafers/month equivalent)

  • Technology: 28 nm and below.

200 mm fabrication facilities[edit]

All 200 mm fabs are located in Singapore, and originally owned by Chartered Semiconductor.[10]

Fab 2[edit]

Fab 2 is located at Singapore capable of manufacturing wafers at 600 to 350 nm for use in selected automotive IC products, High Voltage power management IC and Mixed-signal products.[10]

Fab 3/5[edit]

Fab 3/5 is capable of manufacturing wafers at 350 to 180 nm for use in high voltage IC's for small panel display drivers and mobile power management modules.[10] It has a maximum full capacity of 54,000 of 200 mm wafers/month, using: 350 to 180 nm technology.

Fab 3E[edit]

Fab 3E produces 180 nm wafers for use in selected automotive IC products, High Voltage power management IC and Mixed-Signal products with embedded non-volatile memory technology.[10] It has a maximum full capacity of 34,000 200 mm wafers/month, using 180 nm technology .

Fab 6[edit]

Fab 6 is a full copper fab that is capable of highly integrated CMOS and RFCMOS products for applications such as Wi-Fi / Bluetooth at 180 to 110 nm processes.[10] It has a maximum full capacity of 45,000 200 mm wafers/month, using 180 to 110 nm technology.

Mergers and Acquisitions[edit]

Merger with Chartered Semiconductor[edit]

The majority investor of GlobalFoundries, Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Investment Co., announced on September 6, 2009, that it has agreed to acquire Singapore-based Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., for a total of $3.9 billion, with Chartered's operations being folded into GlobalFoundries.[11]

Chartered Semiconductor is a member of the Common Platform, IBM's semiconductor technology alliance. GlobalFoundries is a JDA partner of Common Platform Technology Alliance.

Acquisition of IBM's chip-manufacturing unit[edit]

In October 2014, GlobalFoundries received US$1.5 billion from IBM to accept taking over IBM's chip-manufacturing business unit, including a 200 mm fab in Essex Junction, Vermont, and a 300 mm fab in East Fishkill, New York. As part of the agreement, GlobalFoundries will be the sole provider of IBM's server processor chips for the next 10 years.[12]

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Barron's
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:18:45 -0700

Apple is likely driving the 14-nanometer ramp at Globalfoundries, but is not a guaranteed customer, in our view. We believe that Globalfoundries [owned by entities associated with the government of Abu Dhabi] is pushing hard to ramp 14 nanometer (nm) ...
 
Albany Times Union
Fri, 08 May 2015 11:14:47 -0700

Malta. An employee at GlobalFoundries' Fab 8 computer chip factory tested positive for tuberculosis in recent weeks, a spokesman for the manufacturing company confirmed Friday. "The employee has not been on the Fab 8 campus for several weeks," ...

ExtremeTech

ExtremeTech
Mon, 18 May 2015 09:52:30 -0700

The rumor from BitsandChips.it (Google Translated version available here) is that GlobalFoundries decided to kill its 20nm process, leaving AMD without a vendor partner for its HSA-capable 20nm iteration of Jaguar. If you recall, one of the major ...

BurlingtonFreePress.com

BurlingtonFreePress.com
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:26:15 -0700

SOUTH BURLINGTON – Johanna Roy is working one day a week right now as a receptionist for Weight Watchers in Essex. She wants more, which is why she attended an IBM job fair at the Sheraton Burlington Thursday afternoon. “I've been looking for ...
 
Albany Times Union (blog)
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:06:04 -0700

GlobalFoundries ranked 17th among worldwide semiconductor suppliers in terms of sales in 2015′s first quarter, up three spots from its ranking a year ago, according to IC Insights. The trade publication said sales at GlobalFoundries grew 21 percent ...
 
PR Newswire (press release)
Tue, 05 May 2015 05:07:27 -0700

"GLOBALFOUNDRIES recognizes the need to provide a low-cost embedded Flash platform for secure ID, mixed-signal, NFC/RF and next-generation IoT applications," said Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of product management at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

Albany Business Review

Albany Business Review
Fri, 01 May 2015 09:07:30 -0700

Peter Shumlin said IBM's 100 new employees in Essex Junction near Burlington are expected to join the 5,000 IBM employees in Vermont and East Fishkill, New York who have received job offers at GlobalFoundries. Many of the IBM employees will remain at ...
 
Fudzilla (blog)
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 02:37:10 -0700

According to Expreview the 14nm process consists of LPE (low-power early) and the LPP (Low Power Plus, advanced low power processing) and both are being churned out at the New York, Malta, Fab 8 wafer fab production. According to the official ...
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