Global Foundries will bash up Intel's process lead

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The chief technology officer of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has claimed that the spun-off division that makes its microprocessors will outpace Intel in the foreseeable future.

Joe Macri said in a public forum in Austin earlier this week that while it was important for AMD to use the very latest process technology, he was confident that Global Foundries would close the gap with Intel.

Earlier this week, Global Foundries bid a sad farewell to its president, Hector Ruiz.

While AMD is Global Foundries' biggest customer, it is shortly set to merge with Chartered Semiconductor, which has a fabrication plant in Singapore. Both Chartered and Global Foundries are owned by Abu Dhabi firm, Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC)

When the merger happens, the entity now known as Global Foundries will likely have 150 plus customers, and access to some very advanced process technology.

The company has made no secret of its plans to compete fiercely with Taiwanese firm TSMC, currently the world's biggest pure play foundry. It has two fabs on the go right now - one in Dresden, Germany, and the other in Singapore. It will build a state of the art fab in New York State - work on that has already begun.

Macri said: "We [AMD] think that Global Foundries may surpass Intel's technology in the future because of the partnerships."

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