GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announces Agreement with Singapore’s Institute of Microelectronics and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology of Abu Dhabi for Twin Lab


GLOBALFOUNDRIES signed a MOU with Singapore’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology of Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, Nov. 26, to set up an Abu Dhabi-Singapore Twin Lab. The Twin Lab will aim to advance electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technologies for automotive, aerospace, consumer, healthcare, environmental monitoring, industrial and mobility applications.

The announcement was made at the 7th convening of the Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum (ADJSF) hosted in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Expo Convention Centre. The total funding pledged was US $21 million for three years.

The Twin Lab is a unique collaborative effort between research institutions and industry with GLOBALFOUNDRIES as the industrial partner. GLOBALFOUNDRIES will serve as an overall program manager, as well as manufacturing partner for the Twin Lab. The partnership will help GLOBALFOUNDRIES to expand its IP portfolio to address MEMS high-volume manufacturing at effective cost levels and capacity to serve the fast growing MEMS market.

As the academic partner, Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute will develop device designs based on market requirements and the Institute of Microelectronics Singapore will serve as the research institute for the execution of design concepts. GLOBALFOUNDRIES will work closely with ATIC and EDB to bring these concepts into realization.

The initial areas of focus for the Twin Lab will include MEMS inertial sensors, energy harvesters, nano-opto-mechanical sensors, and ultrasonic transducers. The collaboration is intended to deliver capabilities that can mitigate power issues in high performance devices, such as automobile, industrial and autonomous wireless sensor nodes. It is also expected to improve sensitivity and accuracy for effective detection in healthcare, aerospace and industry applications.

 “We are pleased to be in a strategic and mutually beneficial collaboration with the renowned research institutes from Singapore and Abu Dhabi,” said Mr. K. C. Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager of GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore. “This joint partnership will enable us to harness their R&D capabilities to create innovative technologies that will further solidify and strengthen our foundation in MEMS manufacturing.” 

GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha at Semiconductor Industry Association’s Annual Dinner



Last night, the Semiconductor Industry Association hosted its Annual Award Dinner in San Jose and as the 2013 SIA Chairman, our CEO Ajit Manocha was honored to say a few words at the event. As Ajit hands over the reins and we welcome IBM’s John Kelly as the new 2014 SIA Chairman, we thought it only fitting to reflect on the last 12 months and the value the SIA brings to the semiconductor industry.

In just one year, the SIA aided legislation to ensure continued supplies of helium, achieved landmark progress on export controls reform and brokered a deal with the EPA to fix problematic greenhouse gas reporting requirements.

These achievements did not come easy, but that in essence, is where the strength of the SIA really shines through. The organization has proven to be nimble in identifying opportunities and challenges, and then executing on a plan to achieve a positive outcome more effectively than many other industry associations.

The SIA has earned its reputation as a strategic policy partner through its ability to work collaboratively with policymakers and supply technical expertise to support the needed policy changes. In fact, Ajit credited the SIA’s greatest strength as its ability to bring industry leaders together to address challenges and implement strategies to overcome them.

In addition to sharing the successes of the past year, Ajit also presented Mike Splinter, CEO of Applied Materials, with the Robert Noyce Award. The Robert Noyce Award is one of the semiconductor industry’s highest honors, named in honor of industry pioneer Robert Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.

The award recognizes exceptional leaders in the semiconductor ecosystem, which is very fitting given Splinter’s contributions and work over his thirty year career. His tremendously successful career at Intel as a fab manager and other positions led to joining Applied Materials as President and CEO in 2003.

Under his leadership, Applied Materials’ CVD and other technology enabled dramatic reductions in manufacturing costs and more. His advocacy for STEM education, through serving on boards of University of Wisconsin Foundation and Santa Clara University, supports local community education initiatives through the Applied Materials Foundation.

We congratulate Mike Splinter on this well-deserved industry recognition.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha Participates in President Obama’s Inaugural SelectUSA Summit


Last Thursday, GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO, Ajit Manocha, participated in President Obama’s inaugural SelectUSA Summit in Washington D.C. The event was hosted by President Obama, who spoke to 1,200 attendees from companies around the world.

The Summit was designed to connect investors with United States businesses to explore business investment opportunities. Business leaders, global investors, state and local representatives and high-level U.S. Government officials gathered to learn more about the resources available to support business investment in the U.S. The Summit included two days of informative panels and breakout sessions on the U.S. market and industry sectors, and informative sessions with U.S. government officials on a variety of topics.

Manocha spoke on a panel entitled “U.S. Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing,” alongside co-panelists Dan Armbrust, CEO of SEMATECH, Jeannine Sargent, president of Energy Flextronics and William T. Powers III, executive vice president and CFO of Rolls-Royce North America. The panel addressed the topics of factors that contribute to U.S. competitiveness in advanced manufacturing.

During the panel, Manocha described GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ commitment to promoting advanced manufacturing in the United States and the economic factors that contributed to the company’s decision to locate its latest foundry in Saratoga County, New York. Manocha stated one of the keys to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ decision to locate in New York was the collaborative environment and relationships with the state of New York, industry partners and educational institutions. GLOBALFOUNDRIES believes these collaborations are the heart of the ecosystem that supports research and development of the workforce important to the semiconductor industry. New York has provided the necessary vision and leadership to develop a strategic focus on key industry sectors, like nanotechnology.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha Named to President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0

Last week, President Obama announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee ‘2.0,’ part of a continuing effort to maintain U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha is excited to serve on the new Steering Committee comprised of leaders in industry, academia, and labor, committed to building on progress made by the President’s inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee.

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0 will function as a working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). In addition, it will work closely with the White House’s National Economic Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Commerce, to fully implement the initial Steering Committee’s previous recommendations, scale promising manufacturing workforce innovations and partnerships, and identify new, concrete strategies for securing the Nation’s competitive advantage in transformative early-stage technologies.

In addition, the Advanced Manufacturing Steering Committee 2.0 will engage the broader manufacturing community through regional working sessions and forums designed to surface examples of innovative strategies to build US manufacturing competitiveness.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is deeply committed to the development of manufacturing and technology innovation in the U.S. At our Fab 8 campus in New York State, CEO Ajit Manocha has shared his vision for GLOBALFOUNDRIES and a greater vision for how the U.S. can shape the local, regional and global economy.  Our investment in New York began in 2009 with the construction of Fab 8 and has continued with the addition of approximately two million square feet of development and the creation of more than 2,000 new direct jobs, as well as thousands of in-direct new jobs in the economy.

Manocha has called for innovative approaches to public-private partnerships that will support new advanced manufacturing operations and has pressed that those operations must be part of the nation’s economic strategy. Through the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0, he will continue to promote the importance of manufacturing in the U.S. and advance our global competitiveness in industry.

CEO Ajit Manocha is excited to be expanding our support for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and to be serving on its second-generation Steering Committee along with leaders from across manufacturers of all sizes, leading universities, and labor. Chaired by Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman, and CEO of the Dow Chemical Company, and Rafael Reif, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the new Steering Committee includes:

  • Wes Bush, Chairman, CEO and President, Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Mary Sue Coleman President, The University of Michigan
  • David Cote, Chairman and CEO, Honeywell
  • Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kenneth Ender, President, Harper College
  • Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers
  • Hon. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Eric Kelly, President and CEO, Overland Storage
  • Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO, Alcoa Inc.
  • Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman, and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Douglas Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Annette Parker, President, South Central College
  • G.P. “Bud” Peterson, President, Georgia Tech
  • Luis Proenza, President, The University of Akron
  • Rafael Reif, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corp.
  • Mike Splinter, Executive Chairman of the Board, Applied Materials Inc.
  • Christie Wong Barrett, CEO, Mac Arthur Corp.

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Foundry 2.0: New White Paper and Video Interview with CEO Ajit Manocha

Today our friends over at VLSI Research released two thought-provoking commentaries on the evolution of the foundry industry.

The first is a video featuring GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha being interviewed by G. Dan Hutcheson, VLSI’s chairman and CEO. In the video, which can be viewed on the web site, these two industry veterans discuss the challenges facing the semiconductor industry and why a new foundry model is needed to enable continued innovation.

Today VLSI also released a new white paper by Hutcheson that delves into the historical development of the semiconductor foundry business model, how things went wrong in the 2000s, and why a new model of foundry partnership is needed—precisely the “Foundry 2.0” model that Manocha has called for since taking the helm at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. The white paper can be downloaded here (registration required).

After discussing the inception of the industry in the 1980s, Hutcheson reviews some of the key infrastructural shifts in the early 1990s that led to the rapid growth of the foundry segment—the most important of which was the rising cost of leading-edge semiconductor fabs. “The foundry movement hit high gear in the early nineties, when the cost of a fab was just passing the one-billion dollar mark,” Hutcheson writes. “The cost of a fab was roughly rising at about half the rate of Moore’s Law, or a doubling every two nodes. Moreover, it was not just the cost of building a new fab, because existing ones had to be upgraded every node for a chip maker to stay in the game. The incremental cost of keeping a fab up-to-date was a growing capital burden, which became another big barrier to entry.”


But just as the foundry industry was beginning to hit its stride, the fast-moving semiconductor marketplace continued to evolve. “By 2000, the foundry business model had moved from an idea for companies who could not afford fabs to being front and center in the mainstream of manufacturing,” Hutcheson writes. “Many had come to believe the foundry was the future of manufacturing. But the nature of the business was changing as storm clouds formed on the horizon. These storm clouds grew darker as conflicting market and technology pressures were forcing change.” Hutcheson reviews these market and technology pressures, which include rising competition, increasing emphasis on cost, and the daunting challenges presented by new wafer sizes, transistors, and materials. All of these factors led to an erosion of trust between foundries and their customers and opened the door for some to speculate that the foundry model might be dead.


To solve these problems, Hutcheson calls for a new working relationship that melds the seamless collaboration of an IDM with the flexibility of the fabless-foundry model. This “collaborative device manufacturing” approach must be structured to collaborate seamlessly, allowing the fabless company to innovate on the foundry’s platform as an extension of its own strategy starting early in a new process node’s development. “GLOBALFOUNDRIES, to a great extent, was perfectly positioned to address the emerging need for a new foundry model,” Hutcheson writes. “Its roots were as an IDM, having spun out from AMD in 2009. Having acquired Chartered, it also gained deep roots in the foundry 1.0 model, allowing it to bridge both worlds. Its CEO, Ajit Manocha, deeply understood the issues. . . . So it was no surprise that Manocha would be the first foundry CEO to address the issue, spelling out a new model he called Foundry 2.0.”


Readers of this blog will be no stranger to the Foundry 2.0 concept, but Hutcheson brings a fresh interpretation as he describes the intricacies of the new business model and puts Foundry 2.0 in its proper historical context.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Experts to Present at SEMICON West 2013


The countdown is on for SEMICON West 2013! GLOBALFOUNDRIES is gearing up for a number of exciting events which will take place at the exhibition next week. The event, which runs from July 9-11 in San Francisco, will highlight key advances in manufacturing technologies, device architectures, lithography, MEMS, packaging and materials technology, in addition to other semiconductor research and development.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha will deliver the opening keynote address on Foundry-Driven Innovation in the Mobility Era, which will cover new challenges, players and technology caused by the increasing demand for mobile devices. His presentation will take place on July 9 at 9 a.m. at the Keynote Stage in Esplanade Hall. After his keynote, Ajit will be officially awarded the “SEMI Outstanding EHS Achievement Award – Inspired by Akira Inoue,” for his contributions in the areas of environment, health and safety. To read more about the honor, check out our recent blog post that details Ajit’s leadership in the field and contributions to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ environment and safety.

In addition to these presentations by Ajit, a number of GLOBALFOUNDRIES experts will present TechXPOTs including;

Tuesday, July 9:

Wednesday, July 10:

All GLOBALFOUNDRIES TechXPOTS will take place at the South Hall of the Moscone Center. We encourage all who are interested in these topics to register and attend to learn more about GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ development, innovation and role in the industry.

In addition to our TechXPOT presentations, GLOBALFOUNDRIES will sponsor the MIG Member Cocktail Party on July 10 at Restaurant LuLu. This event will be a great opportunity for members of the MEMS community to network, catch up with colleagues and become further immersed in SEMICON West.

We look forward to meeting and interacting with all members of the semiconductor community at the show. To register for this event, check out the SEMICON website and be sure to follow GLOBALFOUNDRIES participation on Twitter via #SEMICONWest!

GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Honored for Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Leadership


This morning, SEMI announced that GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha received this year’s “SEMI Outstanding EHS Achievement Award – Inspired by Akira Inoue.” Named after the late Akira Inoue who served as president of Tokyo Electron Limited, the award recognizes individuals in industry and academia who have made significant contributions in the area of environment, health and safety (EHS) by exercising leadership or demonstrating innovation in the development of processes, products or materials that reduce EHS impacts during semiconductor manufacturing.

Within GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Manocha leads the company’s Executive Stewards Council (ESC), the leadership forum for strategic direction and accountability of risk management and corporate responsibility issues affecting GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Manocha’s leadership within GLOBALFOUNDRIES has resulted in significant EHS achievements for the organization, including the following;

  • Driving a vision consisting of a zero-incident workplace. The company achieved 2012 employee total incidence case and lost-day case rates well below US industry benchmarking. Manocha ensured that there was a strong emphasis on safety metrics in executive projects at Fab 8 in Malta, New York and GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Singapore Fabs all received “Silver Awards” for Health and Safety.
  • Setting global goals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water and energy consumption by significant percentages by 2015.
  • Utilizing reclaimed NEWater at GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore for incoming supply and continuing to pursue multiple energy-efficiency and water reduction projects. Energy efficiency projects in 2012 achieved reductions of 50 GWh, with a 2013 goal of a further 57 GWh reduction.
  • Meeting customer requests for “Tantalum Conflict-free” products in 2012.
  • Transforming Fab 1 in Dresden from a dedicated IDM fab to high-volume foundry operation, powered by two energy-efficient tri-generation power plants.

Manocha’s leadership also extends further beyond GLOBALFOUNDRIES into the entire electronics ecosystem;

  • Under his leadership as Vice Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) Board of Directors in 2011, he played a vital role in pushing forward EHS initiatives ranging from climate protection to chemical management and occupational health and safety.
  • For the last two years, Manocha has been the SIA Executive champion for EHS matters at the World Semiconductor Council.
    • At the 2012 annual CEO meeting of the WSC, Manocha shepherd the discussion of EHS topics and persuaded his fellow CEO’s to take action to protect the environment, conserve resources, and achieve the PFC reduction goal. For its part, GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ newest US fab, Fab 8 meets the WSC Best Practice commitment for PFC reduction. Fab 1 has incorporated best practices for PFC reduction since 1999.
    • At the 2013 WSC meeting Manocha championed a “Conflict-free Supply Chain” policy to address concerns related to sourcing material tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold from “conflict regions” of the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries. The WSC subsequently adopted such a policy. For its part, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has already met customer requests for “Tantalum Conflict-free” products in 2012.

The Award will be presented to Manocha in person on July 9th during his SEMICON West Opening Keynote on the future of semiconductor technology. As a company this is a huge honor and we look forward to progressing out EHS goals even further this year and beyond.