Globalfoundries plans to expand its site in Malta, New York, which is home to the company’s most advanced semiconductor plant to date, Fab 8. With the investment of one billion US dollars, the company intends to increase production in the short term by 150.000 silicon wafers per year in the short term. This can be achieved, for example, with additional exposure machines on free floor space in existing clean rooms.
A second semiconductor plant is also to be built in Malta in the coming years, with which Globalfoundries plans to double its manufacturing capacity at the site. The U.S. government and customers are helping out with funding, but details such as the investment amount, timeframe and targeted manufacturing processes are not yet known.
So far, Globalfoundries manufactures semiconductor components with structures of up to 12 nanometers in Fab 8, including AMD’s I.
Globalfoundries’ Fab 8 in Malta, New York, where semiconductor devices with structure coarseness of up to 12 nm are created.
In addition to increasing capacity in the USA, Globalfoundries is building a second production facility in Singapore for the equivalent of 3.4 billion euros. The company also plans to invest around 850 million euros in an expansion at its Dresden site.
New logo, new name in the future
Meanwhile, anyone visiting the Globalfoundries website will be greeted by a new design. The previous logo with a globe gives way to a typographical "gf". For the time being, the full company name will still be used, but in the future it will be completely replaced by an abbreviation. In the press release on the Malta semiconductor plant, the company roughly calls itself only GF.
Globalfoundries’ new corporate logo.
In an interview with Bloomberg Globalfoundries CEO Tom Caulfield explained that GF is using the new image to prepare for a stock market launch in 2022. The takeover rumors by Intel are false. The news service claims to have learned from its own sources that Intel’s top management was considering a purchase, but ultimately did not make an offer.