New Deal on Computer Chips by IBM and GlobalFoundries

IBM and the GlobalFoundries have announced a deal on last Monday. The deal is about the manufacturing of the chips at the GlobalFoundries plant that is being newly constructed in Malta, situated close to Albany. The production of 32 nanometer chips got started at this site in 2012 itself and the second half of this year would witness a full-fledged production.


According to Bernie Meyerson, the Vice President of IBM, the plant of Malta had appealed more than the other plants primarily for two factors. The first is that it is situated in close proximity to IBM’s research facility, which is located in Albany. The second factor is that this new plant can also be used in the future years by the industry that is dedicated towards the development of more advanced and robust chips.

Meyerson also made the statement, that “It’s the most advanced fab, so it’s literally being built on U.S. soil now,”.

The new chips that are being developed at the new plant are actually based on the silicon-on-insulator technology of IBM. This technology was also used for Watson supercomputer, a product of this firm. According to IBM, the new chips would enhance the speed of the network applications and the graphics of the gaming features.

The construction of the Malta plant is nearing its completion. According to Jason Gross, the spokesman of Global Foundries, Global Foundries has employed 1000 employees, but it intends to hire 14000 employees on pay roll. He also said that Fab 8 would be in its full functional mode by the next year.

According to Ajit Manocha, the CEO of GlobalFoundries, “Today’s announcement is a natural extension of our longstanding partnership with IBM that includes production of 65 (nanometer) and 45 (nanometer) chips at our fabs in Singapore and Germany,”. He also made the statement, “With the addition of our newest factory in New York, we will now be jointly producing chips with IBM at four fabs on three continents.”

Thus it is an understood fact that these new chips, would surely bring about a revolution in the world of technology.

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