U.S. Department of Defense Partners with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Manufacture Secure Chips at Fab 8 in Upstate New York

Now ful­ly ITAR com­pli­ant, GF’s most advan­ced manu­fac­tu­ring faci­li­ty will pro­du­ce semi­con­duc­tor solu­ti­ons for the nation’s most sen­si­ti­ve defen­se and aero­space applications

Mal­ta, N.Y., Febru­a­ry 15, 2021 – GLOBALFOUNDRIES® (GF®), the world’s lea­ding spe­cial­ty found­ry, today announ­ced a stra­te­gic part­ners­hip with the U.S. Depart­ment of Defen­se (DoD) to pro­vi­de a secu­re and reli­able sup­ply of semi­con­duc­tor solu­ti­ons manu­fac­tu­red at GF’s Fab 8 in Mal­ta, New York — the company’s most advan­ced semi­con­duc­tor manu­fac­tu­ring faci­li­ty. The­se semi­con­duc­tor chips will be used in some of the DoD’s most sen­si­ti­ve app­li­ca­ti­ons for land, air, sea, and space systems.

Under the agree­ment, GF will pro­vi­de a sup­ply of chips built at Fab 8 on its dif­fe­ren­tia­ted 45nm SOI plat­form. The agree­ment is made pos­si­ble by Fab 8’s com­pli­an­ce with U.S. Inter­na­tio­nal Traf­fic in Arms Regu­la­ti­ons (ITAR) and high­ly restric­ti­ve Export Con­trol Clas­si­fi­ca­ti­on Num­bers under the Export Admi­nis­tra­ti­on Regu­la­ti­ons (EAR). 

The new sup­ply agree­ment builds upon the long­stan­ding part­ners­hip bet­ween the DoD and GF to pro­vi­de chips for defen­se, aero­space, and other sen­si­ti­ve app­li­ca­ti­ons. GF cur­r­ent­ly sup­plies the DoD with chips manu­fac­tu­red at GF’s other on-shore faci­li­ties, Fab 10 in East Fish­kill, New York, and Fab 9 in Bur­ling­ton, Vermont.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a cri­ti­cal part of a domestic semi­con­duc­tor manu­fac­tu­ring indus­try that is a requi­re­ment for our natio­nal secu­ri­ty and eco­no­mic com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness,” said Sena­te Majo­ri­ty Lea­der Chuck Schu­mer, who suc­cess­ful­ly pas­sed new federal semi­con­duc­tor manu­fac­tu­ring incen­ti­ves in last year’s Natio­nal Defen­se Aut­ho­riz­a­ti­on Act (NDAA). “I have long advo­ca­ted for GLOBALFOUNDRIES as a key sup­plier of chips to our mili­ta­ry and intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty, inclu­ding pres­sing the new Secreta­ry of Defen­se, Lloyd Aus­tin, to fur­ther expand the Depart­ment of Defense’s busi­ness with GLOBALFOUNDRIES, which will help expand their manu­fac­tu­ring ope­ra­ti­ons and crea­te even more jobs in Malta.”

In a sup­por­ting state­ment from the U.S. Depart­ment of Defen­se, “This agree­ment with GLOBALFOUNDRIES is just one step the Depart­ment of Defen­se is taking to ensu­re the U.S. sus­tains the microelec­tro­nics manu­fac­tu­ring capa­bi­li­ty necessa­ry for natio­nal and eco­no­mic secu­ri­ty. This is a pre-cur­sor to major efforts con­tem­pla­ted by the recent­ly pas­sed CHIPS for Ame­ri­ca Act, cham­pio­ned by Sena­tor Charles Schu­mer, which will allow for the sus­tain­ment and on-sho­ring of U.S. microelec­tro­nics capability.” 

GLOBALFOUNDRIES thanks Sena­tor Schu­mer for his lea­ders­hip, his ongo­ing sup­port of our indus­try, and his for­ward-loo­king per­spec­ti­ve on the semi­con­duc­tor sup­ply chain,” said Tom Caul­field, CEO of GF. “We are proud to streng­t­hen our long­stan­ding part­ners­hip with the U.S. government, and extend this col­la­bo­ra­ti­on to pro­du­ce a new sup­ply of the­se important chips at our most advan­ced faci­li­ty, Fab 8, in upsta­te New York. We are taking action and doing our part to ensu­re Ame­ri­ca has the manu­fac­tu­ring capa­bi­li­ty it needs, to meet the gro­wing demand for U.S. made, advan­ced semi­con­duc­tor chips for the nation’s most sen­si­ti­ve defen­se and aero­space applications.”

The first chips from this new agree­ment are tar­ge­ted to begin deli­very in 2023. GF is in ongo­ing dis­cus­sions with the DoD regar­ding Trus­ted Accredi­ta­ti­on for Fab 8.

GF employs near­ly 3,000 peop­le at Fab 8, and has inves­ted more than $13 bil­li­on in the faci­li­ty. The com­pa­ny recent­ly announ­ced a land purcha­se opti­on to pro­vi­de addi­tio­nal fle­xi­bi­li­ty to expand Fab 8’s foot­print to sup­port gro­wing demand from the U.S. government and indus­try cus­to­mers. In total, GF employs more than 7,000 peop­le across the U.S., and over the past 10 years has inves­ted $15 bil­li­on in U.S. semi­con­duc­tor development.

About GF

GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) is the world’s lea­ding spe­cial­ty found­ry. GF deli­vers dif­fe­ren­tia­ted fea­ture-rich solu­ti­ons that enab­le its cus­to­mers to deve­lop inno­va­ti­ve pro­ducts for high-growth mar­ket seg­ments. GF pro­vi­des a broad ran­ge of plat­forms and fea­tures with a uni­que mix of design, deve­lo­p­ment and fab­ri­ca­ti­on ser­vices. With an at-sca­le manu­fac­tu­ring foot­print span­ning the U.S., Euro­pe and Asia, GF has the fle­xi­bi­li­ty and agi­li­ty to meet the dyna­mic needs of cus­to­mers across the glo­be. GF is owned by Muba­da­la Invest­ment Com­pa­ny. For more infor­ma­ti­on, visit www.globalfoundries.com.