Tuesday, July 7th 2009

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Appoints Head of Enterprise Quality, Completes Senior Leadership Team

GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the appointment of Ron Dickinson as vice president of enterprise quality. The appointment marks the completion of the senior management team, cementing a strong leadership base to support the long-term growth and success of GLOBALFOUNDRIES as it aims to reshape the foundry landscape. In his role, Dickinson will enhance the customer experience by driving maximum levels of quality assurance and reliability for internal and external areas across the business.

"To become the industry’s premier global foundry company, we need to execute on an uncompromised standard of excellence when it comes to quality management," said GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Doug Grose. "Ron brings nearly three decades of world-class experience to help us achieve this goal by implementing a program that consistently meets and exceeds industry-leading benchmarks in efficiency, yields, quality, and cost."

Dickinson will develop and implement a quality strategy and underlying processes, driving continuous process improvement across the company and streamlining processes by eliminating variation and increasing productivity. He will initially be based at Fab 1 in Dresden, Germany, and will transition to New York in the near future to oversee the assembly of a quality organization to support Fab 2—a $4.2 billion project to build the world’s most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility.

"The establishment of GLOBALFOUNDRIES is creating a disruption in the industry with tremendous excitement around a new business model for global leading-edge foundry services," Dickinson said. "I look forward to partnering with leaders across the company to drive productivity by developing and leveraging tools on an enterprise-wide basis. Our unyielding commitment to quality will be a key differentiator for our customers."

Dickinson has spent nearly 30 years driving quality and operational excellence in highly competitive semiconductor manufacturing environments. Most recently, he served as director of operations and general manager for Freescale Semiconductor’s fab in East Kilbride, Scotland. There, he was responsible for implementing major performance improvements, including reducing operating costs and increasing direct labor productivity. Prior to his tenure at Freescale, Dickinson held numerous quality and operations management roles at Chartered Semiconductor in Singapore—including running Chartered’s highest-volume wafer fab—and he had a distinguished engineering career in Motorola’s Semiconductor Products Sector.

Dickinson holds bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the University of Glasgow.
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4 Comments on GLOBALFOUNDRIES Appoints Head of Enterprise Quality, Completes Senior Leadership Team

Bird of Prey
Looks like the Foundry is getting everything in order to do some serious business.
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very nice :) so does anyone think that this company will be able to produce 40nm and lower processes better and with more yield than TSMC. TSMC is the leader right now in this area right?
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I think they will have trouble knocking TSMC and UMC off the table, but it could prove to be a very good move. I think initial road maps stated you wouldn't see mass production of anything beyond 65/55nm in this year and probably 45nm into 2010. In June, at the "2009 Symposium on VLSI Technology" in Japan, Global Foundries showed off some 32nm and 28nm sample wafers. They said that they will be accepting 32nm designs later this year, and ramp up full production in the first half of 2010. But I really wouldn't expect them to be a real competitor to TSMC anytime soon as this stuff is insanely expensive and damning precautions in favor of just getting things to market is really not something you wanna do when you have billions of dollars in equipment to tune.
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true but isn't TSMC losing all of AMD's business to Global Foundries? i was under the impression that once the fabs were done AMD was going to solely use Global Foundries for chips.
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