Wijburg, previously senior vice president of front-end operations for
NXP Semiconductors NV and who joined GlobalFoundries in 2011, told EE Times
that all manufacturing process transitions have their problems and when
they are accompanied by a business change "growing pains" are to be
expected. However, those dark days are behind GlobalFoundries now, which
is emphasizing its growth with respect to rival United Microelectronics
Corp. and customer names such as Qualcomm and STMicroelectronics that
are signed up to use wafers from GlobalFoundries.
Indeed, in the
second half of 2012 more than 50 percent of the output of Fab 1, which
currently stands at about 50,000 wafer starts per month, will not be for
AMD. "We are a global foundry," said Wijburg.
But much of the
presentation that Wijburg made here was an exhortation for Europe to
invest in innovation and manufacturing as he spoke of competitiveness
through cooperation and clustering. Dresden, with financial stimulus
from the state of Saxony, does have a very broad cluster of
manufacturing oriented businesses.
Rutger Wijburg, vice president and general manager of GlobalFoundries' Fab 1
is losing its fair share of the semiconductor ecosystem," said Wijburg
in a passionate ending to his presentation. "Europe is known for
innovation but if it only does innovation and not manufacturing I am
concerned it would be a dead-end street," he added.
continued: "Europe should consider making big investments here. Before
going to 450-mm Europe needs to prove it is competitive in 300-mm."
Wijburg concluded: "For 20-nm [in Europe]; GlobalFoundries can make that
decision on its own. For 450-mm wafer processing [in Europe] is more