GLOBALFOUNDRIES in New York: Development, Culture and Community

A Special Report From The Saratogian

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This week, The Saratogian, a leading newspaper that covers news from Saratoga Spring and the surrounding communities, published a special insert on GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Totaling 32 pages, the insert consists of four, eight-page sections which explore the history of GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Fab 8, the development of Tech Valley in New York and our contributions to the region. This insert follows a previous special 56-page report by the Albany Business Journal, published in September.

The insert gives you and inside look at our Luther Forest Technology campus in Saratoga County, where about 2,000 people work in the 300,000-square-foot cleanroom and 385,000 square-feet of office space and outside area. Highlights in the special insert include:

  • The story of the evolution and founding of GLOBALFOUNDRIES in Malta in the 1990’s
  • Nano Profiles on employees including Eric Choh, Olivier Vatel, Sandeep Dave, Jim Fedorchak, Emily S. Reilly, Wendy Nicoson, Nakesha Smith, Janet L. Paluh, Deborah Onslow, Alain Kaloyeros and many more!
  • Explanations of the science behind what we do, including keeping products clean, chemical changes and details of working on a nanoscale
  • Why Malta? A description of some of the many reasons why GLOBALFOUNDRIES settled on Malta as the foundation for Fab 8
  • Background on The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and the G450 Consortium
  • The importance of technology and nanotechnology in the classroom, including how GLOBALFOUNDRIES has partnered with the community, local school districts and nonprofits to promote education

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is proud to be a leader in the global semiconductor community, but we are also greatly invested in the education and development of technology and business in the Capital Region of New York. Read more about that in the special insert, which is available online.

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 

Updated Economic Impact Study Released: New study shows greater than expected return on investment for New York State

The Fab 8 project truly has become better with age – it has developed into a bigger, better project and a bigger, better investment with a higher than expected return for the State of New York. These are the findings of a new economic impact study released today by GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

In late 2008, as we prepared to launch GLOBALFOUNDRIES, we commissioned an economic impact study which was conducted by Dr. Everett M. Ehrlich, one of the nation’s leading business economists. Dr. Ehrlich served in the Clinton Administration as Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, the principal economic policy official for Commerce Secretaries Brown and Kantor and chief executive of the nation’s statistical system.

Because the Fab 8 project has expanded and scope and size, we commissioned Dr. Ehrlich to continue his research and develop an update to his original study.

Dr. Ehrlich’s updated study, which is being released today for the first time, shows the dramatic impact this project is having on the local economy and the potential for even more economic impact with further investment in the site.

In the study Dr. Ehrlich states,

Fab 8 has so far met or exceeded all of its targets as it prepares for commercial production in 2012.  Moreover, it has already strengthened the regional nanotechnology ‘cluster,’ as suppliers, service providers, educational institutions, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES itself have expanded operations around the site.

This activity provides a strong validation for New York State’s strategy of building regional economic development.  The area now demonstrates the capacity to become a leading location in the U.S. semiconductor industry alongside other successful areas such as Silicon Valley, Austin, Texas, and Portland, Oregon.

This will require ongoing co-operation between GLOBALFOUNDRIES, other local partners, and federal, state and local governments, given the inherent cost advantages of foreign production locations, but the success of Fab 8, may provide a springboard for the region to reach this new level.

Indeed there is a potential for this new “Tech Valley” to position New York State, and the United States, to be a leader in technology-based, global economy of the future.

Given our success so far and the opportunities ahead, we believe that with the right partnerships and the right investment mindset, the future here in New York’s Tech Valley is incredibly bright!

Access the full studies below: