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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announces New Fab 2 Executive Leadership Team

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  1. btarunr

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    GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the appointment of Norm Armour as vice president and general manager and Eric Choh as vice president of operations to lead an expanding team dedicated to developing Fab 2, the company’s next semiconductor fabrication facility, or “fab,” at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York. Once constructed, Fab 2 is expected to be the world’s most advanced semiconductor foundry, creating more than 1,200 new direct jobs plus an additional 5,000 spin-off jobs in the region.

    “Norm and Eric bring a wealth of semiconductor manufacturing experience to GLOBALFOUNDRIES and will play critical leadership roles as we build and operate the most sophisticated semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world,” said Douglas Grose, chief executive officer, GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “With a wealth of industry expertise in fab build-out and global operations, we now have the leadership team in place to create a cluster of semiconductor manufacturing and technology innovation in upstate New York that will bring the next wave of chip innovation to the marketplace.”

    As vice president and general manager of Fab 2, Norm Armour has overall responsibility for the development and execution of the Fab 2 campus. Armour will manage the site’s overall strategic direction and focus on maximizing efficiency and agility to ensure Fab 2 meets or exceeds expectations for operations and customer service for a world-class semiconductor foundry.

    With more than 28 years of high-volume semiconductor fabrication and process and device engineering experience, Armour brings a deep background in fab operations and leadership to GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Armour joins GLOBALFOUNDRIES from Applied Materials, where he served as vice president of fab consulting. In that role, Armour led a team of manufacturing experts responsible for providing fab consulting services to customers in the areas of fab productivity, product yield, factory systems, and environmental services. Prior to his work with Applied Materials, Armour served as vice president and general manager for LSI Logic’s Gresham operations, where he successfully ramped the new fab into high-volume manufacturing and achieved best-in-class factory systems and industry-leading metrics in cycle time, line yield, defect density, and ASIC/SOC die cost. Armour also spent six years at AMD as director of operations - first at Fab 10 and then Fab 25 in Austin, Texas - and participated in the initial programming of AMD’s Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany (now GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 1). Armour holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Southern Methodist University in Texas and is relocating to upstate New York from his current home in California.

    Eric Choh brings more than 30 years of semiconductor industry experience to his new role and joins GLOBALFOUNDRIES from AMD. Reporting to Norm Armour as vice president of operations, Choh will be in charge of the day-to-day operations, including the start-up and ramp activities, technology implementation and qualification, and production output of Fab 2.

    Since joining AMD in 1993, Choh has played key leadership roles and made significant contributions to both wafer fab operations and technology development. Choh was a member of the Fab 25 start-up team in Austin, Texas and served as director of operations from start-up to full ramp at Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany. Most recently, as vice president of Advanced Process Development, Choh was responsible for driving new process module development activities with IBM Alliance partners to support overall technology and product requirements. Choh holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and plans to relocate to upstate New York from his current home in California.

    The site development work for construction of Fab 2 began on Monday, June 15 and the official groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for July.
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    I cant wait until they announce that they have FINALLY finished MAKING something.

    Possibly that it is better than another, pre-existing, something, and are actually SELLING it to us for a reasonable price.

    Until they actually start DOING anything, I'm not to sure all the press releases in the world will really help them all that much.

    That's not to say I don't have high hopes - any competition is good for everyone. But talking never made the FPS better - making & selling better CHIPS makes the FPS better.

    That's just me...
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    They are, who do you think is making every AMD processor?
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    OK - my fault I was a little ambiguous.

    I was referring to fruits of their new partnering & sites, not their previous operations - They have recently done a lot of self-redevelopment, that came with a lot of big promises for the future, but as of yet all we have are somewhat un-exiting phenoms, that are still a result of their previous incarnation.

    Also, I did say BETTER chips - AMD really are in no place to be competing for top performers at this point - Hence my anticipation for the next-gen promises. I'm about to upgrade to i7 or something similar when Win7 goes retail, and as it stands with such poor competition from the red team, my new intel chip will cost an arm and a leg :\
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    nah just get 955 + crosshair III oc your brains out / or not and call it a night. Its what i did and yeah im on 7 too.
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    well, amd can compete with I5, not I7, still they wont struggle unless those I5 is hilariously cheap.

    The nature of hardware manufactures is that they gotta make midrange stuff, thats something amd really dont have issues with right now, i agree, they gotta up the level abit.

    Globalfoundries wants to make nvidia gpu's ;d lol ;D that would be a valuable costumer!
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    Why bitch at GlobalFoundries for better AMD chips? GlobalFoundries doesn't design anything, it accepts designs and serves as a foundry, much like TSMC. What AMD does is not its concern.

    GlobalFoundries made something new, the Phenom II for its client AMD.
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    lets bitch at tsmc for nvidia having their chips being so expensive and sucky for the price compared to ati... :p same thing basicly :p except ati also uses tsmc
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    Expensive? Sucky? Were you like imprisoned / embarked on a colonization mission to Mars when GeForce FX vs. Radeon 9000 was on, and you came out yesterday? :p
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    I'm just happy that this can actually level the playing field a little towards a more competitive pricing competition. Not this stupid Intel's strongest CPU >$1000 and AMD's <$275 bull$#*^ . Graphics cards are a little better, but not by much. However, this is good news for everyone in the future:cool:
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    You are wrong. It is not the GPU that makes Nvidia cards expensive, it's their PCB design and memory bus design. If anything having TSMC make their GPU's is more cost effective.
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    I didnt know they were already producing the phenom and athlon 2 lines for AMD, thanks for that BTA.
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    So global foundries does the same job as TSMC correct? and since AMD own part of global foundries i assume they'll get their chips made for a good bit cheaper than if they went to TSMC? Now global foundries i heard was state of the art shit, so will their manufacturing processes be better than TSMC's? like possibly better yields? also, if TSMC loses AMD as a customer won't it hurt their income, and would they maybe then increase their price to make gpu's for nvidia to make up for it?

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