Globalfoundries to Make Chips for Qualcomm

Globalfoundries Lands New Customer

by Anton Shilov
01/06/2010 | 11:46 PM

Globalfoundries, the world’s third largest maker of semiconductors that is controlled by Advanced Technology Investment Company and Advanced Micro Devices, announced that it would produce chips for Qualcomm, a leading vendor of communication semiconductors.


Initially, Globalfoundries intends to provide Qualcomm with access to leading-edge 45nm low power (LP) and 28nm (LP) technologies with an intended collaboration on future advanced process nodes.  The intended relationship with Globalfoundries will focus on Qualcomm’s wireless businesses and provide technologies for handheld products that operate on the CDMA2000, WCDMA and 4G/LTE cellular standards, including the emerging smartbook device segment.  Both companies anticipate that Globalfoundries will begin accepting Qualcomm designs at Fab 1 in Dresden in 2010.

“By bringing the benefits of a leading-edge IDM model to the foundry world, we provide customers with the fastest option to get advanced products to market in volume and at mature yield. We’re pleased to have an opportunity to collaborate with a market leader like Qualcomm as they enable new classes of wireless products and technologies for the future,” said Douglas Grose, chief executive officer of Globalfoundries.

 Qualcomm’s Integrated Fabless Manufacturing (IFM) model builds tight technical interfaces among all parties in the semiconductor development cycle, delivering greater efficiency, lower costs and quicker time to market for new products. A crucial component of the Qualcomm’s IFM strategy is a multi-foundry approach, which helps assure product supply to Qualcomm’s device manufacturing customers and provides the Company flexibility to meet rapidly changing demands. The IFM model is designed to accelerate Qualcomm’s technology execution and to meet the exponential growth expected in the wireless semiconductor market.