by Anton Shilov
04/20/2010 | 03:09 PM
Globalfoundries, the contract maker of semiconductors controlled by Advanced Technology Investment Company and Advanced Micro Devices, has reportedly requested additional incentives from the local government so that to boost room floor of its fab 2 in Luther Forest, New York, in an attempt to expand the clean room space, something that ultimately boosts manufacturing capacity.
Globalfoundries proposes to expand the main fab building from 325 586 square feet to 491 054 square feet (30 247 square meters to 45 620 square meters so that it will have the room to potentially expand the clean room where manufacturing takes place from 210 000 square feet to 300 000 square feet (19 509 square meters to 27 870 square meters), reports Times Union web-site.
According to the media report, Globalfoundries asks the state to provide incentive of $300 million to boost capacity the fab, which already costs over $4.2 billion.
The expansion of clean room will allow Globalfoundries to ultimately increase capacity of the whole Fab 2, which is among the most advanced and largest semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the world. The media report claims that Globalfoundries had been intending all along to potentially expand the clean room to that size, and the zoning changes it requested from the town two years ago set the limit at 300 000 square feet because the company knew all along that it might need the additional capacity.