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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Breaks Ground on World's Most Advanced Semiconductor Foundry

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  1. btarunr

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    GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced it officially broke ground on the construction of Fab 2, a new semiconductor manufacturing facility located at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York. Once completed, Fab 2 will stand as the most technologically advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility, or fab, in the world and the largest leading-edge semiconductor foundry in the United States. The construction and ramp-up phases for the new $4.2 billion facility are expected to take approximately three years to complete, with volume production expected in 2012.

    "Semiconductors are the building blocks of technology innovation and are present in everything from mobile phones to kitchen appliances and solar panels," said Hector Ruiz, chairman of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. "As today's chip designers push the boundaries on the next generation of products, there is a growing need for a new approach to design and manufacturing rooted in collaboration and innovation. With Fab 2, GLOBALFOUNDRIES moves the semiconductor industry away from the traditional model of isolated regional development and into an era of global hubs of manufacturing and technology expertise."

    In the $200 billion global semiconductor industry, foundry services have become largely anchored in Asia over the last few decades. However, Fab 2, in conjunction with GLOBALFOUNDRIES' Fab 1 facility in Dresden, Germany, will provide semiconductor design companies access to a global network of manufacturing capabilities for the first time.

    Fab 2 is designed to manufacture microprocessors and logic products on 300 mm wafers. Initial production is expected to ramp at the 28 nm technology node and move to volume manufacturing on the 22 nm node.

    "With the development of Fab 2, we'll take the first steps in realizing our vision to harness resources and talent on a worldwide basis to enable our customers product innovation to come to market faster and on the most advanced technology platforms ," said Doug Grose, chief executive officer of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. "Combined with our facility in Dresden, this fab will provide customers access to a truly global foundry, offering scale, operational excellence and leading-edge manufacturing capabilities."

    New York State has been a key partner in the development of Fab 2, committing up to $1.2 billion worth of financial incentives towards the project - the largest private-public investment in the history of the state. The fabrication plant will bring immediate economic growth and opportunity to upstate New York and will create approximately 1,400 new, direct semiconductor manufacturing jobs at full scale production, providing an estimated annual payroll of more than $88 million. In addition, the project will create approximately 5,000 new, indirect jobs in the region, offering a sustained estimated total annual payroll of $290 million for all jobs.

    "New York has worked with GLOBALFOUNDRIES for three years to bring this project to fruition and I am pleased to say that with the groundbreaking of Fab 2, New York and GLOBALFOUNDRIES take a lead role in delivering the type of economic growth needed to carry our nation toward sustainable growth," said Governor David Paterson of New York. "This initiative not only provides our residents with a source for new jobs, but is integral in positioning New York as a future hub of innovation and an attractive destination for additional investment."

    The development of the Fab 2 facility is the latest step in the rejuvenation of an area which was once known as a national leader in manufacturing and innovation. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is already working with leading technology developers and academic institutions in upstate New York, including scientists and engineers in IBM's Technology Alliance, on the research and development necessary for creating the next generation of semiconductors. The investment in Fab 2 is a major step toward positioning this burgeoning area as a driver of innovation, economic growth and investment in New York State and a recognized technology hub.

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke added, "I applaud efforts to enhance U.S. competitiveness in advanced technology manufacturing -- efforts that will spur innovation and economic growth and create jobs,"

    The construction project is expected to take approximately two years to complete and an additional 12 to 18 months to reach full operating mode, with volume production anticipated in 2012. The total capital budget for Fab 2 is estimated at approximately $4.2 billion, including local construction expenditures of approximately $800 million. Construction is expected to create approximately 1,600 new construction jobs, plus an additional 2,700 local construction-related jobs.

    Source: GLOBALFOUNDRIES
     
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    will they be making killer robots
     
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    yes if you download porn or warez little amdbots will come out of your pc and eat you
     
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    That's too funny,,,amdbots
     
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    soo is it already up and running? i thought they were still building it:confused:
     
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    did w1zz just forget googlebots? they can come behind you and eat you :laugh:
     
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    So does this mean that AMD will be able to compete with Intel toe to toe by 2012~2013? Will ATI hold the crown for more than 6 months based solely on performance in the future? There has to be some bonus to owning/having a large share in a company like GF. What happened to Intel pulling the X86 rights if AMD went ahead with GF?
     
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    The then AMD foundry division.

    Groundbreaking.
     
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    So that's where Skynet is gonna be born.... :laugh:
     
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    amdbots will kill intelbots, right?
     
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    they (intel) will shot them self in the foot, basicly any current generation nehalem and upcoming lynnfield has amd technology in them, so if they pull x86, amd can pull multi-core technology, memory controller techonlogy, amd64 technology (yes its called that not EMT64 or Intel64 or x86-64) :toast: and we all will be at singel core pentium 4 level on intel cpus :p

    btw how will it look if intel pulled x86? when the world plus dog will go crazy, and intel will be slapped with garanteed a over 1000 anti-trust fines like the one EU gave but bigger
     
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    they might well kill intelbots in 2010-2011 why? bulldozer :D

    hench the name
     
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    educated guess: never
     
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    you forgot its EM64T ;)

    and yes its all just intels way of using amd64
     
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    The foundry should start researching into alternatives for the transistor because at this rate in a few years time they're going to hit a wall in terms of die shrinking. I suppose the reason why they split AMD and the fabs is because if one goes down they can "abandon ship" safely. AMD is more likely to fall than The Foundry, because I'd assume that a lot of companies would contract the foundry instead of TSMC after they begin operating and thus they'd be more stable.
     
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    I bet it ends up costing a hell load more than 4.2 mill. Just that they will not tell anyone it cost more.

    That a side it's a positive thing and hopefully most of the workers will be from the US at least.
     
  19. LaidLawJones Guest

    I was thinking along the same lines. After W1zzard said that AMD won't really ever compete with Intel, I started to wonder if maybe this was some sort of exit strategy for AMD. They can make more money with less hassle making chips rather than producing them.
     
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    amd sold their fabs to globalfoundries for $$$. now they will have to spend $$ to buy every cpu from globalfoundries they want to sell (and dont have to be bothered with the whole fabrication process anymore).

    its like .. if i am broke i'll sell my car but have to use a taxi every time i go somewhere. gives me lots of $$ to burn on partying, coke and strippers, why should i worry about next year
     
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    I never saw the real downside to them selling/splitting off most of their fabs, It allows them to spend more in other area's like research.

    as to transistor types, everybodys working on that now days, one possibility is Carbom nanotubes we will just have to wait and see what amd/intel/exct endup moving onto.

    it would be interesting to me if intel took one rout and amd took a totally different rout to get to the same point :)
     
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    sig worthy if you dont mind :toast:
     
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    but AMD will also be making money off Global Foundries for owning such a large portion of it no? i mean what do they own like 30% of shares or something. And i bet Global Foundries when finished will get great business so wouldn't that mean AMD will be getting nice paychecks for their shares? Sounds like a really good move that AMD did. Also, do you think AMD will get lower prices from Global Foundries for producing their chips compared to what GF would charge Nvidia or intel if they go to global foundries? or would that be violating some sort of business/fairness law or w/e?
     
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    people AMD is not going anyware so dont worry about that:)
     
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    28nm? Does that mean AMD is skipping 32nm or will it be 45nm -> 32nm -> 28nm -> 22nm? A change of only 4 doesn't make sense.
     
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