GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Build Leading-Edge R&D Center on Fab 8 Campus

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.

TDC site plan

“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 GLOBALFOUNDRIES 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.

Renderings of Fab 8 campus with TDC renderings

“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 GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 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, GLOBALFOUNDRIES 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.   

Quick Facts about the TDC

  • Three-level building with approximately 550,000 gross square feet of varying occupancy types
  • Approximately 90,000 square feet of flexible cleanroom space
  • Approximately 108,000 square feet of clean space to support a range of technology development and manufacturing activities
  • The additional investment in the TDC will increase the total capital investment for the Fab 8 campus to approximately $8.5 billion

For more information on the TDC, check out these resources and articles 

Working Together To Build Tomorrow’s Workforce

Earlier this week, GLOBALFOUNDRIES launched the Tech Valley Connection for Education and Jobs, an initiative in New York’s Capital Region involving educators, administrators, and businesses interested in developing the workforce of tomorrow.

The Tech Valley Connection for Education and Jobs is a 13-county regional laboratory that will:

  • Collect and build on the most innovative practices and best ideas in education.
  • Leverage the strengths of all stakeholders.
  • Articulate the vision of the future education system.
  • Identify road blocks in achieving that vision.
  • Systematically eliminate those roadblocks.

Initial work began in 2009 when the Obama administration suggested that GLOBALFOUNDRIES design a new workforce development initiative to define a clear path to tomorrow’s education system.  Led by GLOBALFOUNDRIES and facilitated by the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), the initiative is intended to be a pilot to facilitate, coordinate and communicate best practices between K-12 and higher education institutions and businesses in the region. The initiative is designed to be able to scale upward in size in order to help improve the education system nationally.

Mike Russo, director of government relations at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

“The initiative will collect and build on the most innovative practices and best ideas,” said Mike Russo, director of government relations at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, who is responsible for the corporation’s U.S.-based education initiatives.  “The goal is to articulate the vision of the future education system, identify roadblocks in achieving that vision and systematically eliminate those roadblocks, ultimately helping to improve the system nationally.”

To date, the Tech Valley Connection for Education and Jobs has engaged businesses, government, labor, and education entities; has surveyed over 100 school districts about their existing and desired programs and roadblocks to achieving them; and has a growing roster of business, teacher, and student “ambassadors” serving as communication links to the initiative.  There are 20 regional chambers of commerce, 111 school districts and 345 schools involved in the initiative.   As a significant employer in New York State, this initiative will develop a world-class education pipeline across the region that will enable not only the success of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, but other high tech businesses in the region.

WSJ: High-Tech Companies Team Up on Chip Research

Shara Tibken of Dow Jones visited Albany, NY to report on the advancements the Capital Region is making in the high-tech industry, with unique research and collaboration.

Tibken visited the computer chip lab at SUNY Albany’s College for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), home to some of the world’s most advanced research. The lab creates computer chips to ultimately run everything from smartphones to washing machines.

This lab is not ordinary; CNSE is considered to be a Switzerland for semiconductors, and the University serves as the neutral intermediary. Researchers from rival for-profit companies like IBM, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES collaborate in an innovative partnership with the school, without worrying about their technology falling into the competitors’ hands.

Click here to watch the video and hear from GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO, Ajit Manocha and CNSE Chief Executive Alain Kaloyeros.

Fox & Friends Features GLOBALFOUNDRIES As One of the Country’s Top Hiring Companies

The economy, employment rates and global competitiveness continue to be the focus of major news stories in the United States. Most recently, the July jobs report showed the U.S. added 160,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate is now at 8.3 percent.  Last week, the highly rated morning show, Fox & Friends, featured GLOBALFOUNDRIES as one of the top five companies hiring in the country. A product of the largest public-private partnership in New York history, our Fab 8 has already created nearly 1,500 permanent jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs in New York, with more growth on the horizon.

The segment kicks off discussing the job market in New York and reports that GLOBALFOUNDRIES will hire 600 new employees around the country, with 350 of these openings in Saratoga County. Among the positions we’re hiring for, the top openings include water fab operators, technicians, engineers and managers. We also recently announced plans to expand Fab 8’s clean room to meet growing customer demand, which will create an additional 300 jobs.

This year the Capital Region has grown in popularity and is quickly developing a reputation as a technology hub. This spring Forbes magazine even named Albany-Schenectady one of America’s best cities for jobs. The segment also featured another local company, Lockheed Martin, a top defense contractor with a branch in Saratoga Springs. Lockheed currently has 6,500 job openings worldwide, including IT, engineering and program management.

As the Capital Region continues to grow, new technology, collaboration and advanced manufacturing should continue to draw talent to the area. Watch the full Fox & Friends segment to find out more.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Foundations Receive Final Installments of $5 Million Investment Supporting Community Programs

To celebrate the groundbreaking of Fab 8 in July 2009, GLOBALFOUNDRIES made the first installment in a series of payments to the GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Town of Malta Foundation and the GLOBALFOUNDRIES- Town of Stillwater Foundation with a contribution of $1 million. GLOBALFOUNDRIES has now contributed a total of $5 million to community development organizations, which will fund programs and projects that provide tangible benefits of a public nature to diverse groups in the community including: no-for-profit corporations, charities, community arts and theater groups, community historical sites, special events, education programs, and sports and recreation activities.

Each installment to the two charitable organizations was marked by key milestones toward successful construction and start of operations at Fab 8. The first installment payment is now being used to create a recreational sports field complex on the Luther Forest Technology Campus and to make improvements at the Round Lake baseball fields.

The GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Town of Stillwater Foundation has been formed and all seven positions on its Board of Directors are filled. The Board is now working on a strategy to evaluate and invest in projects that support the mission of the organization.

Last December, the GLOBALFOUNDRIES- Town of Malta Foundation awarded its first wave of funding (totaling $37,500) to support 13 diverse local organizations that provide unique and impactful programs including:

  • Captain Youth & Family Service: $5,000 towards the purchase of a new van for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter in Malta.
  • Dunning Street Rural Cemetery: $2,500 for maintenance and improvement projects for the historic landmark.
  • Junior Achievement of Northeastern NY: $4,600 for materials supporting practical economic education and learning experiences in 46 classrooms in 6 local elementary schools.
  • Literacy New York: $3,000 to expand English language instruction and educational programs.
  • Living Resources Corp: $3,050 to provide therapy scholarships to help children with multiple disabilities.
  • Malta League of Arts: $2,000 to support creative arts programs and events throughout the community in 2012.
  • Malta Ridge Cemetery Association: $2,500 for maintenance and improvement projects for the historic landmark.
  • Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Co. & Round Lake Hose Company: $2,500 for smoke detectors, batteries, and educational materials to be installed in local homes that do not currently have properly functioning smoke detectors.
  • Malta Seniors, Inc.: $1,000 to support social and cultural enrichment activities benefiting senior citizens in Malta.
  • Malta Sunrise Rotary Club: $2,000 to support the “Rebuilding Together Saratoga” Town of Malta Work Day event providing home and property repairs for families in need.
  • Malta Veterans Committee: $1,500 to sponsor the Fourth Annual Malta Military, Veterans & First Responders Parade in 2012.
  • Round Lake Auditorium: $4,700 for new sound, lighting, and A/V equipment to improve the auditorium as an artistic, historic, and community forum.
  • Rugrunners Robotics Club: $3,150 to help fund equipment and materials for competitive robotics club at Shenendehowa High School to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

Eric Choh, Vice President and General Manager of Fab 8, said, “We believe the success of our company is directly related to the health of the communities we call home. As a result, we are committed to making investments of time, money, technology, and volunteer activities in local organizations to help improve the quality of life in our communities.”

The checks totaling $2.8 million presented to GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Town of Malta Foundation and the GLOBALFOUNDRIES- Town of Stillwater Foundation today were part of the development of the Fab 8 project, GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ newest 300 mm semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility currently ramping operations in Saratoga County, New York.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announces Extension to Fab 8, Adding More Space and Hundreds of New Jobs

On July 24, 2012, the third anniversary of the Fab 8 groundbreaking, GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced it is moving forward with the final construction of the extension of Module 1 at the Malta, N.Y. campus. The project will add 90,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity, bringing the total capacity for Fab 8 Module 1 to 300,000 square feet. Construction will begin in August and work is expected to be completed in December 2013.

The decision to move forward with the extension comes as a result of increased demand from customers, especially at the 28nm node. Extending the Fab 8 cleanroom is expected to enable the Fab 8 capacity to reach approximately 60,000 wafers per month and it will increase the capital budget by approximately $2.3 billion, taking the total capital budget from $4.6 billion to approximately $6.9 billion, once tools and equipment are installed.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES began construction on Fab 8 in July 2009 and began moving people and equipment into the facility in mid-2011. Initial wafer starts began earlier this year and the facility is on track to begin risk production by the end of the year, with volume production in early 2013.

“By continuing to expand our investment in the project, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is delivering more options to our global customers, while helping to redefine upstate New York as a premier hub of the global semiconductor industry, creating thousands of new advanced manufacturing jobs, and contributing billions of dollars to the regional economy,” said Eric Choh, vice president and general manager of Fab 8.

Since breaking ground on Fab 8 in 2009, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has created more than 1,500 new direct jobs, in addition to 4,300 construction-related jobs. The project is the largest private Project Labor Agreement in history, generating hundreds of millions of dollars of economic development throughout upstate New York during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

Execution, Innovation, Location: 3 Reasons to Choose GLOBALFOUNDRIES at 28nm

By Mike Noonen

We recently attended the Design Automation Conference in San Francisco, where we showcased our wide array of foundry offerings and met with customers, partners, and industry influencers. All of them asked how GLOBALFOUNDRIES can address the increased demand for 28nm.  We answered that we have three major reasons why our customers can depend upon GLOBALFOUNDRIES for their 28nm needs: execution, innovation and location.


GLOBALFOUNDRIES has a tradition of rapidly ramping leading-edge technologies to volume production.  We delivered the fastest time-to-volume for the 45/40nm production ramp, and we are leading the foundry ramp at 32/28nm in volumes well ahead of others foundries. In fact, earlier this year we reached a major milestone by shipping our 250,000th HKMG wafer, and we have shipped many thousands more since. Overall, we have shipped more HKMG wafers than all the other foundries combined.

Not convinced? Just ask our customers. For example, AMD CEO Rory Read said, “In just one quarter, we were able to see more than a doubling of yields on 32nm, allowing us to exit 2011 having exceeded our 32nm product shipment requirements. Based on this successful ramp of 32nm HKMG, we are committed to moving ahead on 28nm with GLOBALFOUNDRIES.”


Everyone knows our industry faces huge challenges as we move to more advanced technology nodes. At 28nm, we worked tirelessly to maintain true scaling and deliver an industry-leading technology in a System-on-Chip (SoC) design platform based on our production-proven HKMG technology. Here are a few highlights of our 28nm technology in comparison to the previous generation:

  • ~100 percent density increase.
  • Up to 50 percent increased speed and 50 percent reduction in energy/switch.
  • Sustains 40nm layout style advantages: Bi-directional Poly, Poly Jogs, Large Caps.
  • ~20% smaller die relative to 28nm “Gate Last.”

Here again, our customers are seeing the benefits. Thucydides Xanthopoulos, distinguished engineer at Cavium, says with GLOBALFOUNDRIES, his company received outstanding levels of in-depth technical support: “This was essential in addressing the new technical challenges of the 28nm process technology to meet our stringent power requirements and demanding frequency goals. This ensured our product design timeliness and success.”


Not only is GLOBALFOUNDRIES now the second largest semiconductor foundry in the world, but with manufacturing plants located in Europe, Asia and North America, we are the only truly global foundry.

Designed for 32/28nm and beyond, our newest location, Fab 8 in New York, is one of the most advanced semiconductor facilities in the world. Fab 8 is the largest public-private sector industrial investment in state history and a cornerstone of New York’s burgeoning “Tech Valley.” Forbes magazine recently said the Capital Region could become the “Silicon Valley of Nanotech and even surpass it in economic importance.”

To paint a clearer picture of how advanced the nearly 2 million square foot campus is, here are a few more facts:

  • The clean room is larger than 6 football fields and has 7 miles of track for overhead transport vehicles.
  • Fab 8 took over six million man hours to complete – that’s more man hours than it took to construct the Empire State Building in New York City.
  • Fab 8 has over 60,000 cubic yards of concrete, enough to build a 105 mile-long sidewalk.
  • 75 miles of pipe total square footage exceeds the Chrysler building in NYC.

Fab 8 is fully operational, ramping ahead of schedule, and shipping products for revenue in early 2013. Once fully ramped, the first fab module will be capable of 60,000 wafer starts per month.

These are just a few of the reasons why customers should work with GLOBALFOUNDRIES on 28nm—and they are. We taped out our first 28nm product in Q4 2011 and we have dozens in the pipeline. To learn more about our complete value proposition at 28nm, check out this video we created for DAC.

Mike Noonen is Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing and Sales, for GLOBALFOUNDRIES. In this role, he is responsible for global customer relationships as well as all marketing, sales, customer engineering and quality functions.