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GlobalFoundries Announces Ambitious Capex Plan for 2010

2010/03/16
Taipei, March 16, 2010 (CENS)--GlobalFoundries Inc. yesterday announced it will spend approximately US$2.5 billion to boost its 300-mm wafer manufacturing capacity this year, making its 2010 capital expenditure the second largest of silicon foundry industry as a whole.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), No.1 player in the industry, will spend US$4.8 billion while No.2 player United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) projects to budget US$1.2-1.5 billion for capacity expansion this year.

Taiwan's industry watchers pointed out that GlobalFoundries' 2010 capital outlay underscores its ambition to make TSMC its archrival and make a huge leap forward in industry rating. The Abu Dhabi-backed GlobalFoundries is said to have had as much 300-mm wafer manufacturing capacity as UMC.

GlobalFoundries vowed to seize 30% of global silicon-foundry market in three years early this year after its merger with former No.3 player Charter Semiconductor Manufacturing of Singapore, a 50% increase from its current share.

After the combination, GlobalFoundries is operating five 200-mm wafer fabs and two 300-mm fabs. The company's executives estimated the US$2.5 billion spending to help boost the company's 300-mm wafer manufacturing capacity by 50%, to 100,000 wafers a month this year. The capacity is projected to surge to over 150,000 wafers a month in 2012.

TSMC plans to ramp up its 300-mm wafer manufacturing capacity to over 200,000 wafers a month this year, compared with UMC's plan to increase the output to 100,000 wafers or so a month.

According to market research organization IC Insights, No.1 capital spender in 2010 is Samsung with budget of US$6 billion, followed by Intel's US$5.3 billion.

Totally, TSMC, UMC and GlobalFoundries will spend US$8.5-8.8 billion throughout this year.

2010 Top 10 Capital Spenders Of World's Chip Making Industry

Ranking Company Spending
1 Samsung US$6B
2 Intel US$5.3B
3 TSMC US$4.8B
4 GlobalFoundries US$2.5B
5 Hynix US$2B
6 Toshiba US$1.9B
7 Micron US$1.3B
8 UMC US$1.2-1.5B
9 Nanya US$1.1B
10 Elpida US$1B

Source: IC Insights


(by Ken Liu)
 
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