GlobalFoundries completes IBM microelectronics acquisition

— 10:58 AM on July 1, 2015

GlobalFoundries has completed its acquisition of IBM's microelectronics division. The deal, which was announced late last year, transfers control of IBM's foundries in East Fishkill, New York and Essex Junction, Vermont to GlobalFoundries. GloFo also gets the division's personnel, over 16,000 patents, and $1.5 billion in cash as consideration for taking over, as well as a 10-year exclusive agreement to supply chips to IBM.

IBM's researchers and engineers seem especially valuable to GlobalFoundries. The firm thinks that the human capital it's bringing on will be critical in its moves to the 10-nm and 7-nm process nodes. In addition, GloFo gets "primary access" to the fruits of $3 billion in R&D spending that IBM is plowing into the SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

GloFo is equally bullish on the application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) business that it's bringing on board, which it plans to expand from wired networking applications into the storage and printer markets. The move also gives GlobalFoundries access to IBM's radio-frequency silicon-on-insulator (RFSOI) and silicon-germanium (SiGe) semiconductor tech, both of which are described as "highly complementary" to the firm's existing offerings.

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