Globalfoundries begins fab construction in Singapore

23 June 2021

Globalfoundries (GF) has broke ground at its new fab on its Singapore campus, investing more than $4 billion to help meet growing demand for semiconductor manufacturing globally.

GF is building the fab with the Singapore Economic Development Board, who is also investing in the factory.

The market for semiconductors is expected to grow 5% over the next decade due to increased usage of chips in all industries — from automotive, to consumer electronics, industrial, the internet of things and everything else.

To meet this demand, GF has begun capacity expansions at all of its manufacturing sites in the U.S., Germany and Singapore. In March, GF said it would expand output at its three factories, investing $1.4 billion. Additionally, GF last year purchased about 66 acres of underdeveloped land adjacent to its Fab 8 facility in Malta, New York. The land purchase option increases the Fab 8 footprint for future development to support growing client and government technology needs.

When completed, the new fab in Singapore will be capable of producing 450,000 300 mm wafers per year. This will bring GF’s Singapore campus up to about 1.5 million 300 mm wafers per year.

The new fab will produce RF, analogy power, non-volatile memory solutions.

GF is adding 250,000 sq ft of cleanroom space and offices and the new fab will create 1,000 high-value jobs. The fab is planned to ramp up in 2023.

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