Aerial view of Fab 8 (rendering)
On January 8th, GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced it will soon begin construction on a new research and development facility at the Fab 8 campus. Featuring more than a half million square feet of flexible space to support a range of technology development and manufacturing activities, the new Technology Development Center (TDC) will play a key role in the company’s strategy to develop innovative semiconductor solutions allowing customers to compete at the leading edge of technology.
“As the industry shifts from the PC era to a market focused on mobile devices, we have seen increasingly strong interest from customers in migrating to advanced nodes on an accelerated schedule,” said GF CEO Ajit Manocha. “To help facilitate this migration, we are making significant investments in strengthening our technology leadership, including growing our workforce and adding new capabilities to make Fab 8 the hub of our global technology operations. The new TDC will help us bridge between the lab and the fab by taking research conducted with partners and further developing the technologies to make them ready for volume manufacturing.”
The TDC will house a variety of semiconductor development and manufacturing spaces to support the transition to new technology nodes, as well as the development of innovative capabilities to deliver value to customers beyond the traditional approach of shrinking transistors.
The overarching goal of the TDC is to provide a collaborative space to develop end-to-end solutions covering the full spectrum of silicon technology, from new interconnect and packaging technologies that enable three-dimensional (3D) stacking of chips to leading-edge photomasks for Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography and everything in between. The TDC will also house important post-production capabilities, including ETest, Bump and Probe, which are increasingly needed at the foundry location for fast yield feedback and to support customer business models.
The Fab 8 campus is an ideal home for the company’s leading-edge technology development activities. The proximity of the IBM Joint Development Alliance activities in East Fishkill and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University of Albany, combined with the growing presence of technology development personnel on the Fab 8 campus, have helped make New York’s “Tech Valley” a global center for next-generation technologies.
“This significant expansion demonstrates that the investments we have made in nanotechnology research across New York State are producing the intended return— the creation of high-paying jobs and generation of economic growth that is essential to rebuilding our state,” said New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “New York has become the world’s hub for advanced semiconductor research and now, the Technology Development Center will further help ensure the innovations developed in New York, in collaboration with our research institutions, are manufactured in New York.”
Speaking about the announcement, CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros said, “The expansion of GF’s advanced technology and manufacturing capabilities, supported by new investments and location of new high-tech research and development jobs at the College of Nanoscale Science and engineering, will fuel exciting opportunities for both residents and businesses across New York State, in accordance with Governor Cuomo ‘New York Open for Business’ strategy, and continue to pave the way for long-term economic growth and prosperity catalyzed by computer chip innovations.”
The company plans to begin construction in early 2013 with completion targeted for late 2014. Since breaking ground on Fab 8 in 2009, GF has created approximately 2,000 new direct jobs and that number is expected to grow by another 1,000 employees for a total of about 3,000 new jobs by the end of 2014.
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