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Abu Dhabi Means To Become a Chip Contender

A chip plant would be up and spitting out parts in Abu Dhabi in four years

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Waleed Al Muhairi, the COO of Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi government-owned investor in AMD as well as the chairman of Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), AMD's Abu Dhabi government-owned partner in Globalfoundaries, its fab spin-out, said at a conference in Dubai Sunday that a chip plant would be up and spitting out parts in Abu Dhabi in four years. It would be the country's first fab. The idea is for it to employ 30,000-40,000 people by 2030 - after it builds up an infrastructure and education helped along by MIT. According to Reuters, Muhairi said $10 billion has already been committed to the business through Globalfoundaries, which is in the process of acquiring Singapore-based contract manufacturer Chartered Semiconductor and its 150 customers for $1.8 billion.

The object of the game is to cut both Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), contract manufacturing's leader, and Intel down to size. Muhairi figures Globalfoundaries can take out all the other fabs besides TSMC. Not to get political or anything but some of Intel's best design work is done in Israeli and it makes 45nm parts there too.

 

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