They now plan to establish multiple centers focused on IP development, IC design and incubating fabless companies in Chengdu, with the expectation of hiring more than 500 engineers to support semiconductor and systems companies in developing products using 22FD-SOI for mobile, connectivity, 5G, IoT, and automotive.
There will also be a focus on creating partnerships with universities across China to develop relevant FD-SOI coursework, research programs and design contests.
“Following the ribbon cutting marking the signing of our Investment Cooperation Agreement, and to deepen our cooperation and attract more best-in-class semiconductor companies to Chengdu, the Chengdu Municipal Government is delighted to cooperate with GlobalFoundries on this FD-SOI ecosystem action plan,” says Gou Zheng Li, Vice Mayor of the City of Chengdu, “over the next six years, we aim to build a world-class ecosystem for FD-SOI and make Chengdu a Centre of Excellence for the design and manufacturing of integrated circuits.”
Construction of the Chengdu fab has commenced and is on schedule with an expected completion date in early 2018. The fab will begin production of mainstream process technologies in 2018 and then focus on manufacturing 22FD-SOI, with volume production expected to start in 2019.