GLOBALFOUNDRIES Launches Global Partner Ecosystem to Drive Industry Collaboration

New GLOBALSOLUTIONS Ecosystem Leverages Partners Across the Value Chain to Enable Faster Time-to-Market for Chip Designers

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 9, 2010 — At next week’s Design Automation Conference (DAC), GLOBALFOUNDRIES will unveil a new platform to spur innovation in semiconductor manufacturing and help deliver unparalleled service to chip designers. Called GLOBALSOLUTIONS, the new ecosystem combines the company’s internal resources with a broad spectrum of partners to efficiently enable the fastest time-to-volume for foundry customers.

“As chip design grows in complexity and manufacturing partnerships become increasingly critical, foundry customer enablement needs to extend beyond process design kits and reference flows to include the full spectrum of the semiconductor value chain,” said Jim Kupec, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “To this end, GLOBALSOLUTIONS includes ecosystem partners in all aspects of design enablement, turnkey services, design for manufacturability, optical proximity correction and mask operations, and will further expand our capabilities in advanced assembly solutions. This will allow our customers to unlock their innovation potential and differentiate at all levels of the design process, from the silicon and SoC level all the way up to the full system.”

In addition to a GLOBALFOUNDRIES corporate booth (#574) at DAC, the company also will host a GLOBALSOLUTIONS booth (#275) that will feature ecosystem partners demonstrating their innovative solutions. The following members of the ecosystem will participate in the GLOBALSOLUTIONS booth:

  • EDA: Cadence Design Systems, Magma Design Automation, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys
  • IP: Analog Bits, ARM,, Cosmic Circuits, Denali Software, eMemory Technology, Kilopass, Sidense, Synopsys, Virage Logic
  • SoC Services: eSilicon, Open-Silicon, Socle
  • Mask Services: AMTC, DNP, Toppan Photomasks
  • Assembly/Test: ASE Group, Amkor, STATS ChipPAC

“GLOBALFOUNDRIES entered the foundry industry with a strong heritage of manufacturing and technology excellence, but they faced a daunting challenge in assembling the infrastructure necessary to help customers bring their designs to life,” said Jim Feldhan, president, Semico Research Corporation. “In just over a year, they have clearly built an impressive ecosystem that demonstrates the company’s progress and commitment in transforming from an integrated device manufacturer to a customer-centric foundry.”

While some foundries have deployed proprietary intellectual property, mask, and assembly operations to compete with ecosystem partners, GLOBALSOLUTIONS is designed to be truly open and collaborative, leveraging the best resources from around the world to deliver optimized solutions. Customers have the freedom to choose from a wide variety of options, as opposed to being locked into one particular approach or a foundry proprietary solution.

The GLOBALSOLUTIONS ecosystem partners are evaluated and certified to meet specific service and quality criteria, helping to reduce risk and increase the probability of first-time-right designs.

“GLOBALFOUNDRIES understands that time-to-volume is critical for large, high-growth foundry customers such as Atheros. They have worked closely with us to address our immediate and long-term requirements in design enablement, technology, and capacity, overcoming obstacles and bringing increased efficiency to the production process,” said Hing Chu, vice president of operations at Atheros Communications. “GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a company that understands and listens to our needs and provides solutions that enable us to win.”

In addition to the company’s activities on the show floor, GLOBALFOUNDRIES also will participate in the Common Platform Alliance booth (#586) and will have a strong presence through various speaking opportunities. CEO Doug Grose will deliver the opening keynote on Tuesday, June 15 at 8:30 a.m., and Senior Vice President of Design Enablement Mojy Chian will participate in a Pavilion Panel later that day at 3:30 p.m. Several other GLOBALFOUNDRIES representatives will be speaking at partner events and technical sessions throughout the week. For a full list of speakers and other DAC activities visit:

Supporting quotes from ecosystem partners participating in

the GLOBALSOLUTIONS Booth (#275) at DAC

“Based on the long-standing successful relationship as GLOBALFOUNDRIES' supplier within the Joint Venture with Toppan Photomasks, the AMTC will continue to support GLOBALFOUNDRIES and its customers' technology and product excellence by providing leading edge photomasks of the highest quality at short cycle times.”
- Thomas Schmidt, General Manager, AMTC Dresden
“It is imperative for GLOBALFOUNDRIES' customers to have high quality and differentiated mixed signal IP solutions. Analog Bits has been a successful and long term partner, delivering to this promise with customized clocking and interconnect IP solutions shipped from 0.13u to 32nm, enabling customers to rapidly reach mass production. We are pleased to continue our partnership with the newly formed GLOBALSOLUTIONS ecosystem to further facilitate our symbiotic partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES.”
- Mahesh Tirupattur, Executive VP, Analog Bits, Inc.
“Collaboration amongst industry leaders in the embedded industry is required to successfully address the SoC design complexities at the more advanced nodes. We have been working with the Common Platform alliance and recently GLOBALFOUNDRIES in a multi-generational partnership since 2006 to optimize our physical and processor IP with their foundry processes. This ensures optimal power and performance management while reducing design risk and costs. GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ new GLOBALSOLUTIONS ecosystem will promote more rapid and coordinated innovation in next generation ARM Powered devices by integrating the latest technology advancements from GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM with the broader GLOBALSOLUTIONS ecosystem.”
- Simons Segars, Executive Vice President and General Manager, ARM, Physical IP division
“As semiconductor market and customer needs become increasingly more complex, ASE brings a broad and complementary portfolio of core IC packaging and test competencies to the GLOBALFOUNDRIES ecosystem. With deep-rooted legacy and strong commitment, GLOBALFOUNDRIES partnership with ASE continues to strengthen through collaborative development of advanced technology and manufacturing processes, aimed at providing customers competitive leadership.”

- Dr. Ho-Ming Tong, Chief R&D Officer, ASE Group

“Cadence and GLOBALFOUNDRIES have built a collaborative relationship of working together to benefit our mutual customers and accelerate their SoC and Silicon Realization. Industry collaboration is core to the EDA360 vision, and Cadence believes that tight ecosystems from technology leaders--like GLOBALFOUNDRIES' GLOBALSOLUTIONS program--are required to help our customers narrow their productivity and profitability gaps.”
- Vishal Kapoor, Vice President of Product Management, Cadence
“GLOBALFOUNDRIES understands the need to bring cutting edge manufacturing technologies to foundry customers, efficiently, through a comprehensive platform encompassing tool, IP, and services offerings. This drive in design enablement is truly unique in the industry, and we at are excited to be part of such an exciting initiative.”
- Adam Traidman, General Manager, Chip Planning Solutions,
“The impressive collaborative ecosystem around GLOBALFOUNDRIES' manufacturing capabilities ensures that complex system-on-chips are put on the fast-track to reaching volumes. Cosmic Circuits brings to the GLOBALSOLUTIONS ecosystem, more than 35 silicon-proven mixed-signal IP cores, covering data-converters, wireless front-ends, audio, PLLs, DLLs, and power-management. Such collaborative innovation enables even mixed-signal integrated SOCs in advanced process-nodes to meet time-to-volume goals with certainty.”
- Krishnan Ramabadran, Vice President of Marketing, Cosmic Circuits
“Denali is delighted to be an integral part of the GLOBALSOLUTIONS ecosystem by providing silicon-proven design IP to SoC development teams. Denali announced that its Databahn LPDDR1/DDR2 SDRAM controller IP and digital PHY had been successfully implemented in GLOBALFOUNDRIES' advanced, low-power 65nm LPe process technology, thus providing customers the best products for low-power applications that need high performance. Denali looks forward to broadening its offerings within the GLOBALSOLUTIONS ecosystem.”
- Mark Gogolewski, CTO, Denali Software
“As a key photomask supplier to GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Dai Nippon (DNP) is very pleased to collaborate closely with, and be an ecosystem partner of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. As part of the new GLOBALSOLUTIONS program, we will work hard to seamlessly provide rapid photomask cycle times and our best service to fully support time-to-volume for GLOBALFOUNDRIES' foundry customers. We look forward to a continued successful partnership.”
- Jyunichi Tsuchiya, Corporate Officer, DNP
“We are thrilled to participate in the launch of GLOBALSOLUTIONS! As GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ long time technology partner, eMemory has been seamlessly providing the most advanced and reliable embedded NVM IP and cooperative technical services to both GLOBALFOUDRIES and its customers. Over the years of both parties’ close collaboration, we are highly inspired by GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ consistent endeavor in satisfying customer needs with solid manufacturing capability as well as innovative technology solutions. eMemory is very pleased to play a complimentary role as the two companies share the same vision and objective in bringing customers all the possible choices and flexibilities that’ll result in excellent products, good business, and more profit. We strongly believe its great success in no time, and will always be its most devoted and dependable NVM IP provider at all times.”
- Rick Shen, President, eMemory Technology Inc.
“GLOBALFOUNDRIES understands the importance of leveraging a collaborative ecosystem that values risk reduction, fast time to volume and total cost of ownership. As the world’s largest independent semiconductor value chain producer, eSilicon’s solutions are built on these three fundamental value propositions. Our customers demand that we continuously broaden our value chain and we’re pleased to be part of the GLOBALSOLUTIONS ecosystem.”
- Patrick Soheili, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, eSilicon
“Magma customers represent the leading edge in mixed-signal SoC design. By partnering with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and being part of GLOBALSOLUTIONS, Magma ensures that our mutual customers have access to a comprehensive design-to-manufacturing ecosystem that enables them to meet the toughest performance, power, time-to-market and cost requirements.”
- Jonathan Smith, Vice President, Worldwide Foundry Relations, Magma Design Automation Inc.
“Mentor’s and GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ long-term relationship is focused on making it easier for IC designers to optimize their designs for both manufacturability and performance at advanced process nodes. As GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ signoff platform, Calibre acts as the designer’s EDA view into the manufacturing process, and we’re investing with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to make that view increasingly transparent, predictable and productive. Moreover, as the foundry market looks to higher levels of integration we are pleased to be part of GLOBALSOLUTIONS and will continue to provide Calibre open interfaces to virtually every other EDA offering.”
- Joseph Sawicki, Vice President and General Manager, Design to Silicon Division, Mentor Graphics
“GLOBALSOLUTIONS provides an excellent collaborative platform for Sidense and our customers. By gaining access to advanced processes and foundry engineering expertise, Sidense and GLOBALFOUNDRIES have developed and proven our IP on multiple technologies, guaranteeing our mutual customers silicon-proven IP for the fastest time-to-market.”
- Todd Humes, Vice President of Product Engineering, Sidense
“Socle is the SoC design service partner of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. With this investment and strong partnership, Socle benefits from the advanced technologies and larger-scale support of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Through early access to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ leading technologies along with Socle’s ARM-based SoC design, integration, verification and implementation platforms, Socle can provide fabless and system companies with GLOBALFOUNDRIES technology embedded SoC solutions and services to enable customers’ products from specification, architecture or RTL to mass production within the predictable and most competitive schedule and cost structure.”
- David Lyou, President and CEO, Socle Technology Corporation
“Synopsys has a long-standing working relationship with Chartered on EDA tools, reference flows and IP at 90-, 65- and most recently 32/28-nanometer, and we look forward to providing leading-edge design enablement through GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ new and expanded GLOBALSOLUTIONS ecosystem program. GLOBALSOLUTIONS’ industry reach combined with Synopsys Lynx Design System, Galaxy Implementation Platform with IC Validator In-Design physical verification, Galaxy Custom Designer implementation solution and the DesignWare portfolio of analog and interface IP, delivers a comprehensive design enablement solution for faster time-to-volume, while reducing design risk and total design costs for GLOBALFOUNDRIES foundry customers.”
- Rich Goldman, Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances, Synopsys
“Toppan welcomes the opportunity to partner with GLOBALFOUNDRIES in the new GLOBALSOLUTIONS platform. This initiative will create tighter communications across the entire design-to-manufacturing ecosystem, and enable faster time-to-volume for mutual foundry customers. Toppan and GLOBALFOUNDRIES have a history of partnership and collaboration, which has been demonstrated through our AMTC joint venture. The AMTC in Dresden, Germany has successfully combined GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ manufacturing excellence with Toppan's broad semiconductor product offerings, leading-edge mask technology and global footprint. We look forward to our continued partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES with the mutual goal of providing world-class customer service.”
- Paul Chipman, Vice President of Global Strategy and Alliances, Toppan Photomasks Inc.
“As the semiconductor industry’s trusted IP partner and an integral part of the SoC design ecosystem, we look forward to extending our longstanding strategic collaboration with GlobalFoundries as part of their new GLOBALSOLUTIONS program. As the semiconductor industry's disaggregation trend continues, and more and more IDMs look to trusted IP and foundry partners to help them meet their time to profitability goals, these types of alliances become increasingly important.”
- Brani Buric, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Virage Logic

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