In early February, GlobalFoundries did something completely unexpected: for the second time in ten years, they invited a few select press and analysts to visit one of their fabrication plants (‘fabs’), where they make AMD processors, IBM silicon, and ASICs from a variety of companies. We were invited to Fab 8 in upstate New York, GF’s leading edge fab, which will be the site of the company’s 7nm and EUV offerings that will propel the fastest processors over the next three-to-five years. To get into the factory floor clean room requires a ‘bunny suit’ such that no particulates can enter the air, which could potentially cause defects or manufacturing processes to fail. To be invited is a rare thing indeed, and so here is our tale, in podcast form!

The AnandTech Podcast #45: GlobalFoundries and Fab 8


Ian Cutress, Host
Senior Editor
Nate Oh
GPU Editor

Many thanks to Gavin Bonshor for editing.

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Total Time:  1 hour 14 seconds

Outline mm:ss

00:00 Introduction
00:21 An Unexpected Invite
04:53 A Media Tour, Without A Launch
07:27 GlobalFoundries: A Foundry
12:40 The Clean Room
24:45 Correction: 60k Wafer Starts per Month
29:15 Extreme Ultra Violet (EUV) Tools
41:11 Below Decks: The Sub-Fab
50:38 Fab 8 Running at 100% Capacity (and Other Info)
60:14 FIN


Also in our GlobalFoundries Fab Tour, we have:

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  • MananDedhia - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - link

    My former work place. Loved it there. Learnt a lot.
  • Dr. Swag - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - link

    If you don't mind me asking, what caused you to move on?
  • MananDedhia - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - link

    Got married.
  • garypattongf - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - link

    You need to be kidding me!!!
  • CajunArson - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - link

    Wait, don't British people flip the bird with two fingers?

    Is Cutress trying to tell us something?
  • ISGoodwin - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - link

    As Ian's palm is facing you, the two fingers mean victory... Palm, inwards with two fingers like that would be the American equivalent.

    So yes, he's basically saying great, I've made it.
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - link

    If it is reversed, yes. That one is just normal peace or victory sign
  • ViRGE - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - link

    "Escort required"

    I agree! The AnandTech editors work so hard to bring us these articles. Someone get Ian an escort!
  • 0ldman79 - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - link

  • Holliday75 - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - link


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