ST, GF to launch 300mm manufacturing facility to advance FD-SOI ecosystem

By Vinisha Joshi  | Date: 2022-07-12

ST, GF to launch 300mm manufacturing facility to advance FD-SOI ecosystem

Renowned Franco-Italian semiconductor company, STMicroelectronics (STM or ST), and leading feature-rich semiconductor manufacturer, GlobalFoundries (GF) have reportedly inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), for establishing a new, 300mm semiconductor manufacturing facility.

Apparently, this novelty would be operated jointly neighbouring ST’s current 300mm facility located in Crolles, France.

The new facility is aimed at reaching full capacity by 2026, anticipating over 620,000 units of 300mm wafer production annually at full build-out. It will support various technologies, notably, FD-SOI-based technologies along with several other variants.

FD-SOI offers a variety of benefits for designers and customers, for instance, ultra-low power consumption and simplified integration of additional features like mmWave, RF connectivity, and security.

Moreover, the facility will also cover GF’s industry leading FDX technology along with the comprehensive technology roadmap of ST, which will continue to be in demand across IoT, automotive, and mobile applications over the next few decades.

Through the latest partnership, ST and GF are underpinning their commitment to boost capacity for their European and global customers.

Additionally, the ST-GF partnership will also be backed by the State of France and the new facility is expected to adhere to the objectives of the European Chips Act, along with Europe’s goal to account for 20% of the world’s semiconductor production by 2030.

The MoU further extends beyond the multi-year investment in advanced semiconductor production in Europe to support the leadership and expertise of the European technology ecosystems right from R&D to large-scale manufacturing.

With this, ST and GF will support European as well as global customers with added flexibility and capacity in complex, state-of-the-art technologies to cater to key end-markets including communication infrastructure, automotive, IoT, and industrial.

In line with green transformation trends, the new facility will also offer a greater push for global digital solutions with advanced technologies and products.

Imperative to note that, the partnership will unlock new employment opportunities at ST’s ecosystem of suppliers, stakeholders, and partners and the Crolles site, as up to 1,000 additional staff will operate the new facility.

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