GlobalFoundries Woos Customers With Expansion Plans

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The acquisition of Chartered Semiconductor by Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC) and its planned integration with GlobalFoundries will help the contract chip maker win more customers, GlobalFoundries CEO Doug Grose said Wednesday.

"This enhances our ability to then service a much broader and deeper range of customers" Grose said during a presentation at Advanced Micro Devices' 2009 Analyst Day.

GlobalFoundries, formerly the manufacturing arm of AMD, was spun off as an independent company and began operating on its own earlier this year. The company is a joint venture between AMD and ATIC and the microprocessor vendor remains its biggest customer.

In September, ATIC offered to acquire Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor, which uses the same manufacturing process technology as GlobalFoundries. Chartered shareholders voted to approve the deal earlier this month.

"We have one more regulatory approval to get in the world and we're working towards year end to close this ... and to do the planning to integrate, on an operational basis, Chartered and Global Foundries into a single face to the customer," Grose said.

Besides adding manufacturing capacity through ATIC's acquisition of Chartered and the construction of a new plant in New York, GlobalFoundries is counting on advanced process technologies to help it win customers and compete with rivals like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

Nearly all of GlobalFoundries' current production uses its 45-nanometer process, reflecting AMD's role as the company's dominant customer, Grose said, adding that the more advanced 32 nanometer process is in pilot production and is "ready to go" next year.

GlobalFoundries has also started pilot production using its 28-nanometer process technology, which will be used for commercial production starting late next year.

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