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September was a busy month for GlobalFoundries, the pure-play foundry AMD spun off earlier this year. For now, AMD remains the company's only customer; GF won't begin shipping STMicro products until the fall of 2010 at the earliest. Its current lack of customers hasn't deterred the company from thinking big, even as its slowed the pace on its 32nm process ramp. Earlier this month, ATIC (Advanced Technology Investment Company) announced its purchase of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Chartered for short). Once the transaction is complete, ATIC will completely own Chartered while maintaining its own major stake in GlobalFoundries. The idea is to play to the strengths of both foundries. According... Read more...
AMD-derived GlobalFoundries broke ground today on what will become the company's leading-edge manufacturing facility and (according to it, at least) the largest and most technically-advanced fab in the United States. The $4.2 billion facility should start production within two years, and is expected to begin volume production in 2012. Currently, GlobalFoundries predicts the plant will debut using 300mm wafers and 28nm process technology, only to transition to 22nm as it enters volume production. Those numbers frankly seem optimistic. Over the last nine years, it's taken AMD two years or more to launch products at any given node. There were a number of technological issues that had to be overcome... Read more...