Abu Dhabi's ATIC, which helped create Globalfoundries when AMD spun off its manufacturing business, is looking to assume full control of the company, according to a report. The move would let AMD divest itself fully from the chip manufacturing business. The report comes a week after Globalfoundries officials announced that the company had completed the integration of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, which it bought for $1.8 billion.
Advanced Technology Investment Co. reportedly is looking to take full
control of Globalfoundries, the processor manufacturing venture created in 2009
with chip maker Advanced Micro Devices.
AMD spun off its manufacturing business
to create Globalfoundries as part of its goal of becoming a fabless company
that designs its processors and then outsources the manufacturing of the chips.
According to documents filed by Abu Dhabi's ATIC with the Germany cartel
office and cited by Reuters, ATIC's plan to assume full control of
Globalfoundries was part of the strategy when it and AMD
created the business. AMD officials planned
to eventually give up any stake in Globalfoundries, according to the documents
cited by Reuters.
At the time Globalfoundries was created, ATIC controlled almost 66 percent
of the company, with AMD controlling the
Since its creation, Globalfoundries officials have been busy trying to build
the company. Most recently, the company inked a deal
Jan. 7 to build products focusing on the mobile chip maker's
A week later, Globalfoundries announced that it had completed
the integration of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing,
manufacturer that the company bought for $1.8 billion. Globalfoundries bought
the company to help it better compete with the likes of Taiwan Semiconductor
Manufacturing in the contract chip making business.
The company also has signed on STMicroelectronics as a customer, though that
company has some manufacturing plants of its own.
In addition, Globalfoundries has broken ground on a $4.2 billion
manufacturing plant in upstate New York.