Friday morning dawned bright and fair as a collection of journalists stumbled out of a Dresden city center hotel ready to be bussed to GlobalFoundries' Fab 1 complex on the outskirts of the city. Down one narrow street could be spied the famous Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady).
Frauenkirche from Salzgasse, Dresden
This beautiful church was built in the 18th century but was destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II. It's reconstruction, finally completed in 2005 was done as a symbol of reconciliation.
After a 20 minute drive we arrived at GlobalFoundries Fab 1 complex
Approach to GlobalFoundries' Fab 1 complex.
Ground was broken for the site in 1996 and the first 200-mm wafer manufacturing cleanroom inaugurated in 1999. That first cleanroom was later emptied of equipment and re-equiped with 300-mm chipmaking equipment. The fab now only processes 300-mm diameter wafers.
So could it be retrofitted for 450-mm wafers one day? That would certainly prevent the site becoming a "sunset wafer fab" and prevent all the energy and excitement moving across to GlobalFoundries' Fab 8 in New York state.