This week, the two companies will officially announce the combined entity, to be named GlobalFoundries. The Chartered name will be dropped. As reported, Doug Grose, chief executive of GlobalFoundries, will remain CEO of the combined company, which will have 10,000 employees.
The combined entity will have fabs in Germany, Singapore, and eventually, upstate New York. Last month, Chartered began the next phase of an expansion plan within its 300-mm fab in Singapore. The silicon foundry provider plans to nearly double its production level in Fab 7, from 30,000 wafers a month to 50,000 wafers a month.
Under GlobalFoundries, Chartered will mostly make 65-nm devices within Fab 7, Armour said. It's possible that Chartered will also make 45-/40-nm devices, but GlobalFoundries will focus on the leading-edge, he said.
The main fab for GlobalFoundries is Fab 36 in Dresden, Germany. Previously owned by AMD, that 300-mm fab is currently making 45-nm processors for AMD. GlobalFoundries is also proceeding with plans to expand its Dresden-based manufacturing lines, by bringing a second 300-mm manufacturing facility with bulk silicon capabilities.
The Dresden cluster, re-named Fab 1, has two modules. Module 1 will initially focus on the production of high-performance, 45-nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology, mostly processors for AMD. Module 2 will be the soon-to-be completed 32-nm (and beyond) bulk silicon facility.
Module 2 will also have a 40-nm low-power, non-SOI process due out this year. Within the German fab, the company plans to take a dual-vendor strategy, mainly in lithography, Armour said.
In Germany, GlobalFoundries has been using ASML's 193-nm scanners for the critical layers, Armour said. Going forward, GlobalFoundries will also use Nikon's scanners as well, he said.
GlobalFoundries is also moving to integrate the fabs from the company and Chartered. The two companies use the same MES system, but the ERP systems are different. Other integration challenges remain, namely how to combine the two operations without upsetting internal employees and customers.
Qualcomm Inc. recently expanded its foundry roster, by announcing a deal with GlobalFoundries. Initially, GlobalFoundries said it intends to provide Qualcomm (San Diego) with access to 45-nm low-power and 28-nm foundry technologies, with an intended collaboration on future advanced process nodes.