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Andes, Rockchip to Join FD-SOI Club

11/2/2017 00:01 AM EDT
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Adele.Hars
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Re: Believe it when i see it
Adele.Hars   11/7/2017 1:55:38 PM
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You've clearly got an ax to grind yourself, no? Anyway, if we could just put your GF vendetta aside for a moment...for integration, FDSOI has a lot to offer that bulk doesn't. Of course TSMC's 22 will get biz, but designers have a choice now: FD-SOI (be it from GF, Samsung or ST) decreases power consumption and enables deep co-integration of digital, analog, RF, and mm-wave. If that's what's important to designers of a given chip, they can choose it. If not, they'll choose something else, right? And as far as cost goes -- if integration is important, they can go to the FD foundries, get quotes, do the math and decide, right? Choice is a good thing, isn't it?

emesdoublee
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emesdoublee   11/7/2017 12:06:33 PM
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You are the premanent FD-SOI cheerleader. What happens when TSMC 22 nm is much lower cost? You think this bulk node won't get used?

In any case, here is your typical GloFo review on Glassdoor. Except for the ones put on Glassdoor by the GloFo HR dept. This tells the truth about the status of that sewer.

Cons

Unqualified managers all over the place. Multiple process modules promoting their favorite maintenance techs to manager (or a kid with 12 months experience), with no real training nor managerial educational prerequisite fulfillment. Module shift managers are consistently unqualified throughout the building, most are either angry techs who were about to quit or shift "engineers" who see the fastest route to 6 figures is to take the shift manager job. Mid-level managers, many also unqualified and first-time leaders, also have no idea how to lead technical teams or engineers. PMTS and SMTS, leaders of engineering, are sidelined to purely individual contributor rolls, often working for (managed by) an unqualified, uneducated person and the results are high turn over, poor performance, a culture of no accountability and discontent.The modules themselves work as individual silos, as they do in any dysfunctional manufacturing site. The lines are clearly drawn between ops, engineering, maintenance and support organizations and grenades get thrown by all sides. Micro management is the rule of the day in this environment of tactical mayhem, which ensues every morning around 8AM until 5PM. While engineers spend all their time making reports and filling out forms for support organizations, the opportunities to be strategic fall to the weigh-side as panic and incompetence destroys productivity and the people who know the correct direction are either ignored or have given up all hope and say nothing.Meanwhile, as we breath in the poisoned air shooting out the exhaust stacks, because a multitude of abatement systems remain broken, in bypass or shut down, the news continues to be all positive about the greatness of Fab8. I'd call the EPA but they wouldn't care and we all know it. This is either due to corruption, an incredible level of ignorance and/or the worst case of sycophantic leadership in history (as a recent employee "goodbye" email suggests). One thing for sure, bringing in a management team stuck in the 1970's from Fishkill is only making it worse.A few months ago, all of the company values and mission statement posters were removed from all of the conference rooms and hallways. I guess we can give management credit for do that, at least the lies are no longer hanging in your face every day anymore.Show Less

Advice to Management

This is an utter failure of leadership from the GM to the lowest level manager. An examination of every person in every position in Fab8 should be done. If you don't have the stones for it, hire McKinsey or another firm to do the dirty work for you. Remove everyone from a management position who doesn't hold a 4 year college degree (from a REAL university), make absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS. Have standards and stick to them. Anyone hired as a technician who is now in an engineering position, who does not hold a 4 year degree, move them back to technician or send them out the door. Any manager coming in the door looking like a "person of WalMart" send them out the door. You know who I'm talking about, it's ridiculous and you know it. ACT!Reduce the never ending request for reports. You have a dashboard for almost every metric imaginable, learn how to use them and let your people be productive.Scrap the current annual evaluations and goals program and use QUANTIFIED data for assessing performance. Hold your managers accountable to complete their goals early, so your employees can complete theirs on time.Enforce standards, throughout the organization.Stop promoting unqualified people.Start looking at actual performance, not perceived performance.Use data to make decisions.Tell the truth, even when it sucks.

Adele.Hars
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Re: Believe it when i see it
Adele.Hars   11/6/2017 9:26:11 AM
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You might want to keep your eyes open then? GF's FD-SOI is happening, and China will be a big part of it. Customers? Check. IP? Check. SOI wafer deal? Check. TSMC/Samsung stumble? N/A. Different technologies for different markets, and Samsung's FD-SOI is also doing very well, btw.

emesdoublee
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Believe it when i see it
emesdoublee   11/2/2017 11:51:54 PM
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Since glofo is private, you don't know the truth. I think the place is most likely a desperate sewer. Desperate for every customer. Desperate for every ip vendor to port ip. Desperate for the price of soi wafers to go down. Desperate for tsmc or samsung to stumble. Desperate to get a competitive 7nm process. Desperate for mubafala oil money. Desperate for amd to remain a customer. That's a lotof desperation. I think it takes zero effort to port Andes rtl over there. Is it a physical ip? Doubt it.

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