Following its decision to focus on specialized process technologies last August, GlobalFoundries has been consolidating its assets as well as selling off businesses and facilities that are not essential for its current strategy. To that end, this week the company announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell off its Fab 9’s photomask operations and IP to Toppan Photomasks. The latter will, in turn, provide photomask production services to GlobalFoundries in the coming years.

Under the terms of the agreement, Toppan Photomasks, a division of Toppan Printing Co., will acquire certain assets of GlobalFoundries’ photomask facility in Burlington, Vermont. The tools and technologies from the Fab 9 will be transferred to Advanced Mask Technology Center (AMTC), a joint venture between Toppan Photomasks and GlobalFoundries in Dresden, Germany; Toppan’s facility in Round Rock, Texas; and other locations the company owns worldwide.

Transfer of the photomask production equipment will enable GlobalFoundries to consolidate its Fab 9 floor space and potentially expand capacity available for production using specialized RF process technologies on 200-mm wafers. The contract maker of semiconductors claims that the transfer of photomask operations from the fab will have no impact on jobs and it will not fire any personnel.

In addition, the two companies announced a multi-year supply agreement in which Toppan will provide photomasks and related services to GlobalFoundries in the USA. Meanwhile, the chipmaker will continue to use AMTC in Dresden. In fact, the latter will gain capacity because of the new tools and will stenghten its positions in Europe.

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  • Alexvrb - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    Oh, shill shill? Shill. Reply
  • levizx - Saturday, August 17, 2019 - link

    You do realise IBM is the king in that regard, right? They sold off their former core business. Reply
  • Alexvrb - Sunday, August 18, 2019 - link

    He's the biggest Intel shill on this side of the interwebs. What he realizes or doesn't realize is irrelevant, anything that gets in the way of shilling for team blue gets tossed out. He is unintentionally hilarious though. Reply
  • Phynaz - Sunday, August 18, 2019 - link

    You don’t seem to understand the definition of ‘shill’.

    Did you notice I never mentioned intel?

    AMD fanboy disease rots the brain.
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  • The_Assimilator - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    GloFo gutting continues. Anyone want to take bets on when it'll exist in name only? Reply
  • FreckledTrout - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    2021 Reply
  • FreckledTrout - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    I get this feeling AMD's reworked contract with GloFlo doesn't have anything that forces any use of GloFlo in 2020. It seems they are prepping for the large drop once AMD is 100% on TSMC. Reply
  • Zoolook13 - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    I wouldn't be surprised if they start fabbing some parts at Samsung as well, considering their new licensing agreements. TSMC's 7nm must be getting pretty crowded. Reply
  • Smell This - Sunday, August 25, 2019 - link

    It's remarkable how unremarkable the typical Shrills at AT comment before engaging their brains.

    Toppan has partnered with IBM-GloFo for 15+ years back to 65nm. Selling-off old IP in photomask operations is a yawner. They likely worked together in the first applications of immersion lithography.

    Those Cell processors in 2003 were the bomb, huh? (rolling eyes)
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