GlobalFoundries breaks ground on Singapore fab

GlobalFoundries breaks ground on Singapore fab

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By Nick Flaherty

GlobalFoundries has started construction of a new 300mm wafer fab on its Singapore campus. 

The US$4bn fab is backed by the Singapore Economic Development Board and with co-investments from committed customers to meet the exploding demand for semiconductors. Worldwide semiconductor revenue is projected to more than double in the next eight years, according to

GF has planned capacity expansions at all its manufacturing sites in the U.S., Germany and, starting with the construction of phase one of its 300mm fab expansion with 23,000 square meters (250,000 square feet) of cleanroom space and new administrative offices at Singapore. When complete, the new fab will add capacity for 450,000 wafers per year, bringing GF’s Singapore campus up to approximately 1.5 million 300mm equivalent wafers per year.

GF has a focus on making RF, analog power and non-volatile memory chips for its 250 customers and so is not at the leading edge of digital CMOS process technology. The current leading process at GF is 12nm and 22nm, but GF says the new fab will still be the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility in Singapore

However the timescales to build a fab and order and install the equipment will not address the current shortages, as the fab is planned to ramp up production in 2023. The company is also in a legal battle with former partner IBM over its process technology and US fab.

“GF is meeting the challenge of the global semiconductor shortage by accelerating our investments around the world. Working in close collaboration with our customers and the Government of Singapore is a recipe for success that we are pioneering here and looking forward to replicating in the U.S and Europe,” said Tom Caulfield, CEO of GlobalFoundries. “Our new facility in Singapore will support fast-growing end-markets in the automotive, 5G mobility and secure device segments with long-term customer agreements already in place.”

“We are committed to partnering industry leaders such as GlobalFoundries to address the global demand for semiconductors, especially in growth areas such as artificial intelligence and 5G. The semiconductor industry is a key pillar of Singapore’s manufacturing sector, and GlobalFoundries’ new fab investment is testament to Singapore’s attractiveness as a global node for advanced manufacturing and innovation,” said Dr Beh Swan Gin, Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board. 

“It will help GlobalFoundries’ customers to strengthen the resilience of their supply chains, and also add to the vibrancy of our economy through the creation of good jobs for Singaporeans and business opportunities for our local enterprises,” he added.

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