GlobalFoundries Announces Manufacturing Capacity Expansion
Semiconductor foundry GlobalFoundries announced plans to expand its
global semiconductor manufacturing operations with a series of projects
across its operations, designed to support expected increases in both
near-term and long-term customer demand. One of the two major
initiatives includes the construction of an additional wafer
manufacturing facility at the Fab 1 campus in Dresden, Germany,
designed to add additional 45/40/28nm capacity and increase overall
output to 80,000 wafers per month once fully ramped up.
The second major component is an expansion of the clean room shell
currently under construction at the Fab 8 campus in New York, which is
designed to provide the option to increase capacity at 28/22/20nm and
bring overall site output up to 60,000 wafers per month once fully
equipped. In addition to the capacity expansion projects at Fab 1 and
Fab 8, the company's majority shareholder, the Advanced Technology
Investment Company (ATIC), announced initial plans for the creation of
an advanced technology cluster in Abu Dhabi.
"Our 300mm fabs have been consistently ranked among the most advanced
and efficient in the industry," said Chia Song Hwee, chief operating
officer of GlobalFoundries. "Now we are taking our heritage of lean
foundry manufacturing and world-class fab performance and making it
available on a broader scale to meet the demands of the world's leading
chip design companies. With this aggressive capacity build-out plan, we
are well positioned to provide new and existing customers with the
fastest option to get advanced products to market in the volumes they
need to ensure success."
At the company's Dresden manufacturing campus, Fab 1, the expansion focus will be on adding capacity to support additional growth opportunities for 45/40/28nm technologies as well as initial 22nm development. This expansion will see a facility constructed at Fab 1 that will add nearly 110,000 square feet of clean room space to enable the site to scale output up to 80,000 wafers per month over the next two years.
The largest wafer fab in Europe, Fab 1's leading-edge wafer fabrication equipment will cover an area equivalent to approximately eight soccer fields. The first output from this new expansion is expected in 2011 with construction work planned to start immediately. However, the company noted the start of this expansion project at Fab 1 is still subject to the approval of a state aid package by the German authorities and the European Commission.
The New York Fab 8 expansion will increase the size of the
cleanroom shell by approximately 90,000 square feet, bringing the total
available cleanroom space to approximately 300,000 square feet,
equivalent to roughly six soccer fields of wafer fabrication equipment.
The company said work on the shell expansion is expected to begin later
this month pending final approval of an investment agreement with
Empire State Development Corporation and the State of New York.
In addition to new expansion initiatives in Dresden and New York, GlobalFoundries said it is also continuing with its previously announced expansion at the Fab 7 campus in Singapore to reach an output level of 50,000 wafers per month, an increase of nearly 50 percent from current levels. During the expansion, Fab 7 will continue to focus on manufacturing technologies ranging from the 65nm to 40nm technology nodes.