Globalfoundries, the chip manufacturing company created in 2009 when it was spun off by AMD, is entering into a deal to build some of Qualcomm's mobile chip products. The move will make Qualcomm the largest customer for Globalfoundries aside from AMD. The company already has STMicroelectronics as a customer.
Globalfoundries, the chip manufacturing business spun out in 2009 by
Advanced Micro Devices, is continuing to move beyond AMD
by entering into a deal with mobile chip maker Qualcomm.
The memorandum of understanding between the two companies, announced Jan. 7,
makes Qualcomm Globalfoundries' largest customer outside of AMD.
Globalfoundries currently has STMicroelectronics
as a customer,
though that company operates some of its own fabs as well.
Qualcomm is a fabless company, working instead with a variety of foundry
partners in a strategy it calls IFM (Integrated Fabless Manufacturing).
That strategy ensures Qualcomm a reliable supply of products and gives the
company flexibility to adapt depending on customer demands, according to Qualcomm
The deal with Globalfoundries will give Qualcomm access to low-power
45-nanometer and 28-nm technologies. Globalfoundries will build products
focusing on Qualcomm's wireless businesses, including for products that support
its CDMA2000, WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) and 4g/LTE
Globalfoundries and Qualcomm also will partner in other areas, such as
die-package interaction and three-dimensional packaging technologies.
The companies say Globalfoundries will begin getting Qualcomm designs at its
fab in Dresden, Germany,
sometime in 2010.
Its has been a busy year for Globalfoundries since spinning off from AMD.
The company has broken ground on a $4.2 billion fabricating facility in upstate
New York, and brought in STMicroelectronics
as a customer.
In addition, Globalfoundries is buying
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing
for $1.8 billion, which analysts say
will make Globalfoundries a more competitive rival to the Taiwan-based