Things are moving along for GlobalFoundries. Within days of breaking ground for its new fab in New York State, the foundry firm has announced its first customer other than AMD: STMicroelectronics. Headquartered in Switzerland, STMicro happens to be the world's fifth-largest semiconductor vendor in terms of revenue.
GlobalFoundries says its "strategic customer relationship" with STMicro will involve manufacturing products based on 40-nm low-power bulk silicon process technology. That process is "ideal for the next generation of wireless applications, handheld devices, and consumer electronics, which require excellent performance and long battery life," GlobalFoundries claims.
The first tape-out and production of STMicro devices at GlobalFoundries should take place next year.
These two companies have worked together before. Back in April, GlobalFoundries said it had partnered up with a number of industry heavyweights, including STMicro, to develop its 28-nm high-k bulk silicon process. 28-nm production is scheduled for late 2010 or early 2011.
STMicroelectronics has a very broad product portfolio, which ranges from car stereo ICs and DVD decoders to flash memory and aerospace logic. In fact, ST and Intel spun off parts of their flash businesses last year into a new company, Numonyx, which they now co-own together with a private equity firm.