Toshiba Chooses GlobalFoundries for Fabrication

January 26, 2011 // 1:10 p.m.

Tags: #fab #globalfoundries #samsung #semiconductor #toshiba

Chip fabrication specialist GlobalFoundries is reported to be close to signing a deal with Toshiba to manufacture the company's range of semiconductors - a deal which would be a major win for the AMD spin-off.

According to sources speaking to The Nikkei Business Daily and quoted by Reuters, Toshiba is finalising a deal that will see GlobalFoundries take over production of most of the company's chip designs on node sizes between 40nm and 28nm.

A Toshiba spokesperson confirmed that the deal was going ahead, stating 'we had been considering outsourcing production to Samsung Electronics Co and GlobalFoundries since last year.'

Under the terms of the deal, it is believed that Toshiba will ship production of its image-processing chips - which are among the cheapest of the company's products to produce - to Samsung, while GlobalFoundries will take over the remainder of the company's production.

The deal hasn't been confirmed by GlobalFoundries yet, but it's potentially a major win for the AMD spin-off fabrication specialist. The news also comes soon after the chip fabricator's chief financial officer, Robert Krakauer, announced that the company was planning to spend $5.7 billion on upgrading its fabrication facilities.

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