GloFo, Chengdu plan 'FD-SOI centre of excellence'

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Following the recent announcement by Globalfoundries and China’s Chengdu municipality to build a 300mm FD-SOI fab (22FDX), the partners have now unveiled a $100million plan to build what is said to be a world-class FD-SOI ecosystem. The plan, which includes multiple design centres in Chengdu and university programmes across China, is designed to make Chengdu a centre of excellence for chips targeting mobile, IoT, automotive and other high-growth markets.

“China is the largest semiconductor market and is leading the way with a nationwide commitment to smart cities, IoT, smart vision and other advanced, mobile or battery-powered connected systems” said Alain Mutricy, pictured, Globalfoundries’ senior vice president of product management. “FDX is especially well suited for Chinese customers and the FD-SOI ecosystem in Chengdu will provide the support system necessary to help chip designers take full advantage of the technology’s capabilities.”

Gou Zheng Li, Vice Mayor of the City of Chengdu, added: “Over the next six years, we aim to build a world-class ecosystem for FD-SOI and make Chengdu a centre of excellence for the design and manufacture of integrated circuits.”

While the fab will initially make parts using mainstream process technologies in 2018, its focus will move to 22FDX devices, with volume production expected to start in 2019.