If GlobalFoundries CEO Doug Grose has his way, there will be no one place in the world where foundry capability is concentrated. In a keynote speech at the Design Automation Conference June 15, he called for a new, globally-dispersed foundry model based on deep ecosystem collaboration, in contrast to the traditional "contract" model.
"We need to rethink the existing foundry model and evolve it to a capability that really brings in the entire ecosystem," Grose said. "The [existing] foundry model had its origins in Asia, in particular, Taiwan. Here's where the model really took root. But given the proliferation of chip design capability across the globe, we think the current model has not kept pace with the geographic diversification that's been shown on the design side."
"Like chip design, manufacturing must be a global activity, and the two must be in proximity to one another. This is truly the vision of GlobalFoundries."
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