Globalfoundries Absorbs Chartered, Officially Becomes Globe’s Third Largest Foundry

Globalfoundries: Two 300mm Fabs, Five 200mm Fabs, Tremendous Expansion Plans

by Anton Shilov
01/13/2010 | 11:51 AM

Globalfoundries, the contract semiconductor manufacturer controlled by Advanced Technology Investment Company, on Wednesday officially said that it had integrated operations of Chartered Semiconductor and from now on would continue operations under Globalfoundries brand. The company at present has seven semiconductor manufacturing fabs as well as aggressive plans for further expansion and the aim to become the globe’s leading foundry.

 

Globalfoudries currently has five 200mm fabs and one 300 mm fab in Singapore, as well as one leading-edge 300mm fab complex in Dresden, Germany. To meet the demands of a growing customer base, the company has an aggressive capacity build-out plan, including expansion of Fab 1 in Dresden and Fab 7 in Singapore, as well as construction of a new leading-edge 300mm facility in Saratoga County, New York. The New York facility, which will be renamed as Fab 8, is on track to begin ramping initial production in 2012.

 With these plans in place, global leading-edge capacity is expected to expand to 1.6 million 300mm wafers annually by 2014. This will be supplemented by 2.2 million 200mm wafers annually, offering customers the full spectrum of foundry technology from mainstream to the leading edge, for a total of 5.8 million 200mm equivalents.

The combined company employs approximately 10,000 people around the world, anchored by headquarters in Silicon Valley and advanced manufacturing operations in Singapore; Dresden, Germany; and a new leading-edge fab under construction in Saratoga County, New York. 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.

Globalfoundries immediately takes its position as one of the top semiconductor foundries in the world, with 2009 revenues to date for Globalfoundries and Chartered in excess of $2 billion.

With the absorption ofChartered, Globalfoundries has more than 150 customers across the semiconductor ecosystem, with plans to deepen existing relationships and to aggressively pursue new customers. Current customers include many of the world’s top fabless and fab-lite companies, such as AMD, Qualcomm, STMicro, IBM and Toshiba.