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GlobalFoundries $GFS IPO – Mubadala Lost Over $22.4B, Now They Are Hoping Public Markets Bail Them Out

GlobalFoundries $GFS IPO – Mubadala Lost Over $22.4B, Now They Are Hoping Public Markets Bail Them Out
by Dylan Patel on 10-06-2021 at 7:00 am

Semiconductor Manufacturing has Shifted to Asia

In 2008, Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi government owned sovereign wealth fund assisted AMD in divesting their manufacturing assets and spinning them off. They were compensated with a combination of direct payments, investments in AMD, and shares in the new firm, GlobalFoundries. The divestiture was a multi-year journey, but by 2012,… Read More


The GlobalFoundries IPO March Continues

The GlobalFoundries IPO March Continues
by Daniel Nenni on 09-20-2021 at 6:00 am

Tom Caufield Pat Gelsinger

The GF Technology Summit was last week. It was virtual again this year but with a different format. It was a mix of live and recorded events which did include some cringe worthy moments but all-in-all it was well worth my time.

One of the biggest changes you will notice is the messaging. GF is no longer down in the technology trenches … Read More


Magnetic Immunity for Embedded Magnetoresistive RAM (eMRAM)

Magnetic Immunity for Embedded Magnetoresistive RAM (eMRAM)
by Tom Dillinger on 07-22-2021 at 6:00 am

coil interaction

Previous SemiWiki articles have discussed the introduction of embedded Spin-Transfer Torque Magnetoresistive RAM IP from GLOBALFOUNDRIES, as an evolution replacement for non-volatile embedded flash memory. (link, link)

Those articles described the key features of STT-MRAM technology, but didn’t delve into a key reliability… Read More


GloFo inside Intel? Foundry Foothold and Fixerupper- Good Synergies

GloFo inside Intel? Foundry Foothold and Fixerupper- Good Synergies
by Robert Maire on 07-18-2021 at 6:00 am

Intel GlobalFoundries Acquisition

Intel reportedly talking to Abu Dhabi to buy GloFo for $30B
Would jumpstart Intel Foundry but require investment & repair
Avoids IPO risk – Allows Abu Dhabi escape- NY benefits
Doesn’t impact near term shortage or market share

Reported by WSJ- Intel in talks to buy GloFo
The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel… Read More


Silicon Photonics Solutions Address Bandwidth, Reach, and Power Challenges

Silicon Photonics Solutions Address Bandwidth, Reach, and Power Challenges
by Kalar Rajendiran on 06-16-2021 at 10:00 am

MegaTrends and Silicon Photonics

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged on GlobalFoundries’ silicon technologies supporting automotive radar applications. This time it is on GlobalFoundries’ silicon photonics technology which expects to find adoption in a broad spectrum of applications.  The blog is based on listening to a technology presentation made by Dr. … Read More


Enabling Silicon Technologies to Address Automotive Radar Trends and Requirements

Enabling Silicon Technologies to Address Automotive Radar Trends and Requirements
by Kalar Rajendiran on 06-01-2021 at 6:00 am

Current GF Nodes Supporting Automotive

During the week of April 19th, Linley held its Spring Processor Conference 2021. The Linley Group has a reputation for putting on excellent conferences. And this year’s spring conference was no exception. There were a number of very informative talks from various companies updating the audience on the latest research and development… Read More


Machine Learning Applied to Increase Fab Yield

Machine Learning Applied to Increase Fab Yield
by Tom Dillinger on 05-25-2021 at 8:00 am

enhanced defect images

Machine learning applications have become pervasive and increasingly complex, from recommendation agents in online interactions to personal assistants for command response to (ultimately) autonomous vehicle control.  Yet, an often overlooked facet of machine learning technology is the deployment in industrial process… Read More


Foundry Fantasy- Deja Vu or IDM 2?

Foundry Fantasy- Deja Vu or IDM 2?
by Robert Maire on 03-26-2021 at 8:00 am

Foundry Profit 2020

– Intel announced 2 new fabs & New Foundry Services
– Not only do they want to catch TSMC they want to beat them
– It’s a very, very tall order for a company that hasn’t executed
– It will require more than a makeover to get to IDM 2.0

Intel not only wants to catch TSMC but beat them at their own Read More


A Perfect Storm for GLOBALFOUNDRIES

A Perfect Storm for GLOBALFOUNDRIES
by Daniel Nenni on 02-22-2021 at 6:00 am

Chuck Schumer Globalfoundries Chips

GF has played some groundbreaking roles in the semiconductor ecosystem. The spinout of the AMD fabs and the acquisition of the IBM semiconductor division just to name two. Another big one would be the GF Initial Public Offering which may come as early as 2022.

When the IPO was first mentioned during a chat with GF CEO Tom Caulfield … Read More


Technology Optimization for Magnetoresistive RAM (STT-MRAM)

Technology Optimization for Magnetoresistive RAM (STT-MRAM)
by Tom Dillinger on 01-06-2021 at 6:00 am

profile simulations

Spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive RAM (STT-MRAM) has emerged from several foundries as a very attractive IP option.  An introduction to MRAM technology from GLOBALFOUNDRIES was provided in this earlier SemiWiki article. [1]

Briefly, STT-MRAM is a non-volatile storage option with the following attractive characteristics… Read More