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Industry Semiconductor foundry
Founded March 2, 2009; 6 years ago (2009-03-02)
Headquarters Santa Clara, California, U.S.
Key people
Sanjay Jha (CEO)
Products Silicon wafers
Revenue US$4.4 billion (2014) [1][2]
Number of employees
Parent ATIC

GlobalFoundries (stylized as GLOBALFOUNDRIES) is a semiconductor foundry. GlobalFoundries was created by the divestiture of the manufacturing arm of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on March 2, 2009, expanded through the acquisition of Chartered Semiconductor on January 23, 2010, and further expanded through the acquisition of IBM Microelectronics on July 1, 2015. 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, one 300 mm fabrication plant in each of Germany and Singapore, and three fabrication plants in the United States: one 200 mm fabrication plant in Vermont and two 300 mm fabrication plants in New York.[5]

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


As of 2015, the firm owned ten fabrication plants. Fab 1 is in Dresden, Germany. Fabs 2 through 7 are in Singapore. Fabs 8 through 10 are in the northeast United States. 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, 32 nm SOI HKMG silicon, 28 nm PolySION, HKMG CPUs, APUs and future 22 nm FDSOI. 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 capable to produce 14  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.

Fab 10[edit]

Fab 10,[10] located in East Fishkill, New York, USA, was previously known as IBM Building 323. It became part of GlobalFoundries operations with the acquisition of IBM Microelectronics. It currently manufactures technology down to the 22 nm node.

200 mm fabrication facilities[edit]

All 200 mm fabs except Fab 9 are located in Singapore, and originally owned by Chartered Semiconductor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fab 9[edit]

Fab 9,[10] located in Essex Junction, Vermont, USA, near Burlington, Vermont, became part of GlobalFoundries operations with the acquisition of IBM Microelectronics. The fab manufactures technologies down to the 90 nm node. The site also hosts a captive mask shop, with development efforts down to the 7 nanometer node.

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 (now Fab 9) in Essex Junction, Vermont, and a 300 mm fab (now Fab 10) 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. The deal closed on July 1, 2015.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gartner. “Worldwide Semiconductor Foundry Market Grew 16.1 Percent in 2014, According to Final Results by Gratner.” April 13, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Anton Shilov, Xbit laboratories. “TSMC, GlobalFoundries and Samsung Lead Chip Foundry Rankings in 2012..” January 16, 2013. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fast Facts". Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Shimpi, Anand Lal. "GlobalFoundries Granted Independence, Acquires Remaining Stake from AMD". AnandTech. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Manufacturing". Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "GlobalFoundries Hires Mobile-Industry Veteran Sanjay Jha as CEO". 7 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "GLOBALFOUNDRIES Unveils Industry's First 28nm Signoff-Ready Digital Design Flows" (Press release). 13 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "404". Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  9. ^ GlobalFoundries Saratoga County, New York, USA[dead link]
  10. ^ a b "Jim Doyle". Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Bolaji Ojo, EE Times. “ATIC to buy, fold Chartered into GlobalFoundries.” September 7, 2009. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  12. ^ By Alex Barinka and Alan King, Bloomberg. “IBM to Pay Globalfoundries $1.5 Billion to Take Chip Unit.” October 20, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2015.

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