GloFo opens US$4 billion Singapore wafer fab

GloFo opens US$4 billion Singapore wafer fab

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By Peter Clarke

US chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries has officially opened its US$4 billion wafer fab in Singapore about two years after breaking ground to build the facility.

The 23,000 square meter fab will create 1,000 jobs with an annual manufacturing capacity of 450,000 wafers of 300mm diameter when fully loaded. This raises GF’s overall Singapoew capacity to approximately 1.5 million wafers (300mm) per year.

The fab was scheduled at ground breaking to be equipped to make RF, analog, power and non-volatile memory ICs.

“This new facility is the result of our close partnership with our customers and the Singapore government, and testament to the hard work and effort put in by our employees,” said Thomas Caulfield, CEO of GlobalFoundries.

The investment of $4 billion was planned in partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board and with co-investments from committed customers (see Globalfoundries plans up-front payments to expand manufacturing). Globalfoundries has not disclosed the customers that are co-investing in the Singapore wafer fab expansion and will therefore have guaranteed share of output from the plant.

Singapore makes about 11 percent of the world’s chips with the percentage set to grow, GlobalFoundries said in a statement.

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