Globalfoundries begins chip production at newest Fab

Production of IBM 32nm chips begins at Globalfoundries new NY State plant

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Globalfoundries begins chip production at newest Fab Fab 8 has come online since the 2008 sale of AMD's manufacturing plants to Globalfoundries.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 11, 2012

Globalfoundries, the microprocessor manufacturer joint owned by AMD and Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), has announced that is has begun production of processors for IBM at its New York state production facilities.

The chips are the first silicon produced at Globalfoundries's newest and most advanced manufacturing facility.

The chips are based on IBM's 32nm, Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) technology, which was jointly developed with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and other members of IBM's Process Development Alliance.

The technology vastly improves microprocessor performance in multi-core designs and speeds the movement of graphics in gaming, networking, and other image intensive, multi-media applications. The SOI process was used to build the microprocessor that powered IBM Watson, the question-answering computer that won the Jeopardy! quiz show in early 2011.

Michael Cadigan, general manager, IBM Microelectronics commented: "IBM has helped make New York State one of the world's premier locations for semiconductor design and manufacturing. Recently, we announced that we would spend $3.6 billion researching and developing new silicon technology in New York. We bring the skills, investments and partnerships that keep New York at the forefront of advanced silicon development and manufacturing."

"Today's announcement is a natural extension of our longstanding partnership with IBM that includes production of 65nm and 45nm chips at our fabs in Singapore and Germany," said Ajit Manocha, CEO, Globalfoundries. "With the addition of our newest factory in New York, we will now be jointly producing chips with IBM at four fabs on three continents."

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