Published on July 15th, 2011

GlobalFoundries ‘Ready for Equipment” in Dresden, Saratoga Springs

GlobalFoundries said its newly constructed cleanrooms in New York and Dresden are ready for the installation of wafer fabrication equipment. Achieving “Ready for Equipment” (RFE) status marks the transition from the construction phase to the operations phase for the foundry, which announced plans a year ago for a major capacity expansion.

“At GlobalFoundries, we continue to invest aggressively in driving sustained growth on advanced technologies,” said GlobalFoundries CEO Ajit Manocha, who said the  construction projects were completed on schedule and on budget.

At Fab 1 in Dresden, Germany, GlobalFoundries said it completed construction of an additional wafer manufacturing facility designed to add capacity at 45nm and below, which has the potential to increase the overall output of the Fab 1 campus to 80,000 wafers per month once fully ramped.

The expansion project will add more than 110,000 square feet of cleanroom space to the Dresden site and will allow Fab 1 to operate as one integrated cleanroom, making it the largest wafer fab in Europe for leading-edge technology, a spokesman said.

At Fab 8 in Saratoga County, N. Y., the RFE date was moved up by nearly two months to meet customer demand. Last week, GlobalFoundries moved into the facility’s “Admin 1” office building and broke ground on the Admin 2 building.

When fully built-out and ramped, the total available cleanroom space will be approximately 300,000 square feet and will be capable of a total output of approximately 60,000 wafers per month. The total facility, including cleanroom support infrastructure and office space, includes approximately 1.9 million square feet of space and is expected to come online in 2012 with volume production targeted for early 2013. Fab 8 will focus on 28nm and below design rules.

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