January 10, 2013
By: Eric Anderson
Source: Times Union
ALBANY — GlobalFoundries' $2 billion investment in its new Technology
Development Center adjacent to Fab8 in Malta's Luther Forest Technology
Campus is a stepping stone to the foundry's first next-generation
semiconductor plant, CEO Ajit Manocha said Thursday morning.
speaking at an event at the College of Nanoscale Science and
Engineering at the University at Albany, said that GlobalFoundries was
"committed to New York state," and that the company would move ahead
with the $10 billion Fab 8.2, as he called it, "when we are ready."
Technology Development Center, officially announced Tuesday by the
company and by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, will be a "collaborative space to
develop end-to-end technologies" for the next generation of
semiconductor manufacturing, said Gregg Bartlett, GlobalFoundries'
senior vice president and chief technology officer, who also spoke at
GlobalFoundries is among a consortium of five major
chip manufacturers that's developing the technology and manufacturing
techniques needed to produce microprocessors on 450-mm, approximately
18-inch, diameter silicon wafers. Currently, the manufacturers use
300-mm, or 12-inch, wafers. That work is taking place at the so-called
G450C building, which is nearing completion at CNSE. Others in the
consortium include Intel, IBM, Samsung and TSMC.
Thursday called the existing Malta fabricating plant Fab 8.1,
distinguishing it from the potential future fab, and said that more than
2,000 people now work inside the massive concrete structure, with
another 10,000 jobs surrounding the fab. He said that the Technology
Development Center would employ 1,000 people and create another 4,000 to
5,000 jobs outside the fab.
It wasn't clear whether the outside
jobs also included jobs in such sectors as retail and services, beyond
those that provide technological support to the fab.
credited CNSE and Alain Kaloyeros, calling the complex, also known as
Albany Nanotech, "the most prestigious institute doing innovation and
research in nanoscience" globally.
Kaloyeros, in introductory
remarks, said GlobalFoundries, which was spun off from Advanced Micro
Devices in late 2008, was now the second largest foundry worldwide and
was "on its way to number one."
Thursday's event drew a number of
politicians and business leaders, including Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, U.S.
Rep. Paul Tonko, Saratoga County Economic Development Corp. President
Dennis Brobston, Center for Economic Growth President and CEO F. Michael
Tucker, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings and Empire State Development Corp.
President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams.
heads CNSE, said GlobalFoundries $2 billion investment in technology
research was "the largest of its kind so far in the industry," and that
the 1,000 jobs would pay salaries in the $80,000 to $100,000 range.