The GlobalFoundries fabrication plant in Dresden,
That would nearly double its current output capacity in a bid to meet the expected surge in demand for semi-conductor chips.
"The plan is to focus on [28 nanometre chips]," said
GlobalFoundries is owned by
GlobalFoundries will not be expanding Fab 1 to accommodate the rise in output; instead it will ramp up its current systems and introduce more energy-efficient techniques to speed up the 1,000 or so steps involved in producing a wafer, a process that takes up to six weeks to complete.
"That can happen within the existing infrastructure," said
The Dresden fab produces 28nm, 32nm, 40nm and 45nm semi-conductor chips.
The increased output is expected to have a wider-ranging effect on industries, especially in
"Micro-electronics and having chips is the key to intelligent automation of factories, so there will be less an issue of high labour costs with fewer people to move materials around," said
GlobalFoundries will also be expanding one of its plants in Singapore to increase output from about 50,000 wafers a month to 1 million a year. It also recently won the right to extend its facilities in
GlobalFoundries does not disclose its full list of clients, but it is widely believed among analysts that Apple is one of the companies whose products house the company's chips.
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