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GF breaks ground on Singapore fab

By Simon Warburton 23 Jun 2021

Huge semiconductor demand sees GlobalFoundries break ground on a new Singapore fab.

GlobalFoundries (GF) has broken ground for a new fab on its Singapore campus in partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board and co-investments from customers.

The global demand for semiconductor chips is growing at an unprecedented rate, with worldwide revenue projected to increase 2.1 times in the next eight years.

To meet that demand, GF has planned capacity expansions at all its manufacturing sites in the US, Germany and, starting with the construction of phase one of its 300mm fab expansion, Singapore. When complete, GF will add capacity for 450,000 wafers per year, bringing GF’s Singapore campus up to around 1.5m (300mm) per year.

GF maintains the new fab will enhance its ability to provide its feature-rich RF, analogue power, non-volatile memory solutions. The supplier is adding 250,000 square feet (23,000 square metres) of cleanroom space and new administrative offices. The new fab will create 1,000 new jobs such as technicians, engineers and more.

With construction already started, the facility is planned to ramp up in 2023.

“GF is meeting the challenge of the global semiconductor shortage by accelerating our investments around the world,” said GF CEO, Tom Caulfield.

“Working in close collaboration with our customers and the government of Singapore is a recipe for success we are pioneering here and looking forward to replicating in the US and Europe.

“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.”