Fab 8 Overview
The Fab 8 campus is being developed approximately 20 miles north of Albany in Saratoga County, New York on 222 acres within the 1,400-acre Luther Forest Technology Campus. The site is zoned for up to three state-of-the-art fabs. It is here that GLOBALFOUNDRIES envisions targeting billions of dollars to support a bold new strategy for advanced semiconductor manufacturing.
The full build-out of the Fab 8 campus will create the world's most advanced semiconductor production facility, supplemented with development centers for all aspects of next-generation semiconductor technology.
Construction of Fab 8 began in July 2009, with the installation of the first manufacturing tools in June 2011, and is on track to begin initial manufacturing in 2012. Fab 8 will be fully operational in mid-2012 and shipping products for revenue in early 2013. With high volume production in full swing in early 2013, Fab 8 will be the most advanced semiconductor fab in the world and is expected to create more than 1,600 new direct jobs.
In June 2010, GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced the expansion of Fab 8. The expansion increased the size of the cleanroom shell by approximately 90,000 square feet, bringing the total available cleanroom space to approximately 300,000 square feet, equivalent to roughly six American football fields of state-of-the-art wafer fabrication equipment. This expansion increases the Fab 8 facilities to more than 1.7 million square feet, enabling a capacity of approximately 60,000 wafers per month once fully ramped.
In June 2011, GLOBALFOUNDRIES broke ground on the 221,000 sq ft Admin 2 office building at the Fab 8 campus to support current business needs and to provide sufficient flexibility for the future.
Fab 8 is being built in the center of what has been described as New York's "Tech Valley:" a 19-county region of eastern New York State that spans from just south of Montreal to just north of New York City. Today, more than 200 high-tech businesses have a presence in the Tech Valley. Because the nature of nanotechnology and semiconductor manufacturing is extremely complex and requires a high degree of collaboration within the industry and academic environments, this semiconductor ecosystem in Tech Valley is critical to the success of any new wafer fab.
Several centers of excellence for semiconductor and nanotechnology R&D are in close proximity to Fab 8. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a member of the Joint Development Alliance (JDA) centered at East Fishkill, New York with several world leading product companies including IBM, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, Samsung Electronics, and Toshiba. With this alliance, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is driving the global standard for new technologies such as High-K Metal Gate. As a founding member of the JDA starting from 90nm, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has been able to leverage the collaborative R&D model to reduce the cost of process R&D that is projected to reach more than $1B US for 20nm and below. GLOBALFOUNDRIES also collaborates closely with the The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany - State University of New York (SUNY), a global education, research, development and technology deployment resource dedicated to preparing the next generation of scientists and researchers in nanotechnology.