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Tuesday, 22 March 2011 13:10

Globalfoundries eyes $4bn revenue in 2011

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Hopes to outpace UMC
Chipmaker for hire Globalfoundries is expecting to increase its revenue by about 14 percent this year. With an estimated $4 billion in revenues, GF would surpass UMC in terms of revenue, making it the second largest contract chipmaker in the world.

In a recent interview with Dow Jones Newswires, Globalfoundries CEO Doug Grouse stressed that his outfit is seeing strong demand for mobile chips and that it aims to expand capacity and aggressively transition to more advanced production process technology.

Grouse also downplayed the effects of a recent earthquake in Japan, saying that the supply chain was disrupted, but that orders have not been cut. He pointed out that Globalfoundries’ new plant in Malta, New York will come online sometime in late 2012. The fab is expected to ramp up production to 60,000 wafers a month at some point in 2014. In addition, Globalfoundries has already announced plans to double its capital spending to ramp up 45nm, 40nm and, crucially, 28nm and 32nm production.

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+5 #1 Nerdfighter 2011-03-22 14:50
I'm still kind of bummed out that AMD didn't give Southern Islands to GloFo... Especially taking into notice how many times TSCM has had delays when it comes to shrinking the manufacturing process.
 
 
+2 #2 cyrusfox 2011-03-22 16:11
Quoting Nerdfighter:
I'm still kind of bummed out that AMD didn't give Southern Islands to GloFo... Especially taking into notice how many times TSCM has had delays when it comes to shrinking the manufacturing process.

TSMC delays you say? How about GF being 18 months late with the gate first 32nm process. No TSMC is a great backup semi for AMD to keep on hand. No way could of GF got Brazos out as quickly as TSMC, and from GF it would of had to be 45nm rather than the 40nm process that AMD is already super familiar with. You will still have a manufacturer process advantage for Southern Islands at TSMC 28nm process vs GF 32nm. IF GF wants AMD business, they need to deliver on their process die shrinks in an appropriate amount of time.
 
 
+3 #3 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-22 16:12
cyrusfox, GF also has 28nm... and they will be doing LP for ARM.

My bet is they will split teams. The team working on high-end chips will go to GF, while the team that does mid-end and low end, so the mass-end, will go to TSMC.

They need to split them one for supply, since nvidia is getting their but kicked and this means higher demand for AMD GPU's, and the other one would be for better understanding of SI to be able to incorporate it in their next-gen APU's... who knows, we might get a treat of Bulldozer + SI. This was also suggested in the last article with the leaked slides of the mobile GPU's from donanimhabler. Just google translate it, it's is there.
 
 
0 #4 The_Countess 2011-03-22 17:34
Quoting Nerdfighter:
I'm still kind of bummed out that AMD didn't give Southern Islands to GloFo... Especially taking into notice how many times TSCM has had delays when it comes to shrinking the manufacturing process.


SI is mostly a refresh of the previous generation. making it at another company would be a waste as you need to do and learn a lot of thing again that you already know to on the original manufacturers process.
if they are going to make a switch its likely to be with a new design.

besides, GF wasn't aiming to mass produce 40nm chips and wasn't ready yet with 32 or 28nm processes.
 
 
+3 #5 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-22 17:51
Wasn't that Northern Islands? IDK if Nerdfighter isn't talking about the recent news that appeared on some Taiwanese news site about AMD signing with TSMC for 28nm SI. It certainly looks like it.
 
 
+1 #6 PorscheRacer14 2011-03-22 23:55
I thought TSMC was getting most of Southern Islands, but not all of SI chips. I.e., that TSMC would get the mainstream, crucial-time-to-market-GPUs, while GloFo would get the uber-elite, but ultra-low production, not-crucial-time-to-market-GPUs.
 

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