GlobalFoundries and Georgia Tech to collaborate on joint semiconductor research

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GlobalFoundries and Georgia Institute of Technology, a leading public research university in the US, have announced a new partnership to expand collaboration on semiconductor research, education, talent, and workforce development.

The two said that they would jointly create and implement new educational, engagement, and research opportunities for students, while Georgia Tech and GF will also work together to advance semiconductor innovation. The move is intended to help prepare and train a new generation of young people for careers in the semiconductor industry. The partnership includes collaborating on proposals for support from the US government through the CHIPS and Science Act funding.

“Semiconductor research is a top priority for Georgia Tech and the nation, as we develop innovative solutions that improve manufacturing and support our national and state economies,” said Chaouki Abdallah, executive vice president for Research at Georgia Tech. “Deepening our partnership with GlobalFoundries allows us to leverage our complementary technology and talent resources to benefit this vital industry, and to improve the human condition.”

“At GF, we recognise the tremendous potential of semiconductors to drive innovation, and ultimately enable the inventions and technologies that create meaningful societal change,” said Gregg Bartlett, chief technology officer of GF. “By partnering with top-tier universities like Georgia Tech on research and development, we can tap into a deep pool of academic talent and technical expertise and bring new ideas and insights to the forefront of our work. Through this collaboration, we aim to push the boundaries of what is possible in feature-rich semiconductor technology, as well as inspire students to pursue a career in the exciting field of chip design and manufacturing.”

The strategic agreement outlines a framework of collaboration between GF and Georgia Tech to expand research and development opportunities on GF semiconductor technology, curriculum development, training programmes, internships, and joint faculty/engineering exchanges. Additionally, the agreement calls for Georgia Tech and GF to partner on outreach to inspire interest in semiconductors and highlight career opportunities in microelectronics.

GF and Georgia Tech will also explore programmes to enhance diversity and inclusion within the semiconductor workforce.
For GF, the partnership with Georgia Tech will be overseen by GF Labs, which leads the company’s research and development efforts to advance GF’s differentiated technology portfolio in partnership with leading academic, government, and industry collaborators.