STMicroelectronics and GlobalFoundries want to move forward FD SOI
Ecosystem with new 300mm manufacturing facility in France
New jointly operated high-volume manufacturing facility to support demand from European and global customers as the world transitions to digitization and decarbonization
New facility to support a wide range of technologies including GF’s market-leading FDX™ Technology and ST’s comprehensive technology roadmap down to 18nm for automotive, industrial, IoT and communications infrastructure applications
Planned multi-billion euro community investment that includes significant financial support from the French State
Crolles (France), July 11, 2022 – STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in semiconductors serving customers across the spectrum of electronic applications, and GlobalFoundries Inc. (Nasdaq: GFS), a world leader in the manufacture of feature-rich semiconductors, announced today that they have signed a letter of intent to establish a new, jointly operated 300mm semiconductor manufacturing facility adjacent to ST’s existing 300mm facility in Crolles, France. This facility is scheduled to be ramped up to full capacity by 2026, with production of up to 620,000 300mm wafers per year at full capacity Remove (~42% ST and ~58% GF).
ST and GF are committed to building capacity for their European and global customer base. Notably, this new facility will support multiple technologies FD-SOI based technologies and covers several variants. These include GF’s market-leading FDX technology and ST’s comprehensive technology roadmap down to 18nm, which are expected to remain in high demand for automotive, IoT and mobile applications over the next few decades.
FD SOI Technology originated in the Grenoble area (France). It was part of ST’s technology and product roadmap at the Crolles plant from the start and was later activated through differentiation and commercialized for manufacturing at GF’s Dresden plant. FD SOI provides significant benefits for designers and clients, including Very low power consumption and easier integration of additional features such as RF connectivity, mmWave and security.
ST and GF will receive significant financial support from the State of France for the new plant. This facility will contribute strongly to the goals of the European chip law, including the target for Europe to reach 20% of world semiconductor production by 2030. In addition to the significant, multi-year investment in advanced semiconductor manufacturing in Europe, it will provide the leadership and resilience of Europe’s technology ecosystems, from R&D (with the recently announced R&D collaboration between ST, GF, CEA-Leti and Soitec) to high-volume manufacturing , and supporting European and global customers with additional capacity in complex, advanced technologies for keys end markets including automotive, industrial, IoT and communications infrastructure. The new production facility will make a significant contribution to the global digital and green transformation and will deliver key technologies and products. It will create additional jobs at the ST Crolles site (approximately 1,000 additional employees for the new manufacturing facility) and across the ecosystem of partners, suppliers and stakeholders.
By working together, ST and GF will leverage the economies of scale at the Crolles site as it accelerates semiconductor capacity needs globally with high capital efficiency.
“This new manufacturing facility will support our sales goal of over $20 billion. Working with GF will allow us to move faster, lower risk thresholds and strengthen the European FD SOI ecosystem. We will have increased capacity to support our European and global customers in their digital and decarbonization transition,” said Jean-Marc Chery, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics. “ST is transforming its manufacturing base. We already have a unique position in our 300mm wafer fab in Crolles, France, which is further strengthened by today’s announcement. We continue to invest in our new 300mm wafer fab in Agrate (near Milan, Italy), which will be ramped up in the first half of 2023 with expected full saturation by the end of 2025, and in our vertically integrated silicon carbide and gallium nitride -Production.”