Globalfoundries and Qualcomm sign MOU

Companies to collaborate on chips for wireless and handheld devices

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Globalfoundries and Qualcomm sign MOU Globalfoundries expects to see chip designs from Qualcomm this year.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 10, 2010

Globalfoundries, the chip manufacturing business owned by AMD and Abu Dhabi's ATIC, has announced an MOU with Qualcomm to collaborate on technologies for its wireless business.

The agreement will give Qualcomm access to Globalfoundries' 45nm and 28nm low power manufacturing capabilities, to enable Qualcomm to produce chips for devices operating on the CDMA2000, WCDMA and 4G/LTE cellular standards, and to develop new segments of products such as smartbooks.

The two companies also plan to collaborate in other areas including die-package interaction and 3D packaging technologies.

The agreement with Globalfoundries was signed as part of Qualcomm's Integrated Fabless Manufacturing (IFM) model, which uses a multi-foundry approach to optimize product supply.

Jim Clifford, senior vice president and general manager of operations, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies commented: "As our customers increasingly demand more performance, lower power, functionality and portability in their mobile experiences, the need for a strong manufacturing and technology foundation is more important than ever before. With its manufacturing capacity and technology roadmap, Globalfoundries is well positioned to help us enable the next generation of wireless innovation."

 "As one of the largest and most successful semiconductor design companies in the world, Qualcomm needs access to the industry's most advanced technologies along with the ability to rapidly bring them to market," said Douglas Grose, chief executive officer, Globalfoundries. "By bringing the benefits of a leading-edge IDM model to the foundry world, we provide customers with the fastest option to get advanced products to market in volume and at mature yield. We're pleased to have an opportunity to collaborate with a market leader like Qualcomm as they enable new classes of wireless products and technologies for the future."

The first Qualcomm designs are expected to be manufactured at Globalfoundries Fab 1 in Dresden sometime this year.

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