HALF MOON BAY, Calif. -- Having recently completed the acquisition of Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd., GlobalFoundries Inc. this week is expected to launch the new, combined entity.
As expected, the combined foundry entity will be called GlobalFoundries. The foundry upstart will also shortly begin to evaluate equipment vendors for its new 300-mm fab in upstate New York, said Norm Armour, vice president and general manager for Fab 2 at GlobalFoundries (Sunnyvale, Calif.).
This quarter, the company is ''kicking off selection teams'' that will procure tools for the fab, Armour said at SEMI's Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) here. In the third quarter, GlobalFoundries will select the tools for the U.S. fab., he told EE Times.
No tool decisions have been officially made, he said, although it is widely believed that the company will use 193-nm scanners from its main lithography vendor: ASML Holding NV of the Netherlands. GlobalFoundries is also moving towards a dual-vendor strategy in lithography, propelling Nikon Corp. of Japan into the mix. Applied, KLA-Tencor, Novellus, TEL and others are expected to gain orders at GlobalFoundries.
Recently, GlobalFoundries began construction of the new, 300-mm fab in 2009, with plans to eventually process 32-nm devices and beyond. The $4.2 billion manufacturing facility, to be completed in 2012, is located at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, N.Y. In total, GlobalFoundries will spend $6 billion in capital expenditures.
In 2008, the new silicon foundry spinoff from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) opened for business, disclosed its corporate name and unveiled its strategy.
GlobalFoundries is a joint venture between AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi. Under the current plan, AMD owns a 34.2 percent stake of the foundry venture, while ATIC will own the remaining shares.
Also in 2008, the foundry spinoff became the latest member in IBM's ''fab club,'' which also includes Chartered, IBM and Samsung. The spinoff will gain access to IBM's common platform technology, including its 32/38-nm technology. The 32-nm process, which has yet to ship, includes high-k and metal gates.
Late last year, ATIC acquired Chartered for a total of $3.9 billion. Chartered will be folded into GlobalFoundries.