Globalfoundries is reportedly looking for a buyer

Samsung or SK Hynix could acquire GlobalFoundries

Globalfoundries is reportedly looking for a buyer

GlobalFoundries is reportedly looking for a buyer

At the time of writing, GlobalFoundries is primarily owned by ATIC, an enterprise which is run by the United Arab Emirates, accounting for 90% of the company's shares. Rumour has it that ATIC is hoping to divest its interest in GlobalFoundries, making it possible that the US-based foundry, the 3rd largest in the world, will be bought over by a 3rd party. 

Last year, GlobalFoundries fell behind both TSMC and Samsung, halting their 7nm development plans to focus on their smaller process nodes. Reports at the time point towards financial strain on the company, as the R&D costs associated with creating leading-edge lithography nodes were seemingly too large to maintain moving forward. 

Given the current political conflicts between the US and China, a Chinese buyer for GlobalFoundries is unlikely, with Business Korea listing Samsung and SK Hynix as potential buyers. Samsung would increase its market share to around 23% by acquiring GlobalFoundries, while also gaining access to the company's IP and talent pool, both of which will be important if they plan to continue gaining market share from TSMC. 

Today, TSMC accounts for around 50% of the foundry market, acting as a dominant force within that space. Today only Samsung and TSMC create leading-edge lithography nodes that are available to 3rd parties, with Intel using their advanced process nodes to develop products internally. 

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19-02-2019, 09:02:09

That would be a decent buy for SamsungQuote

19-02-2019, 11:25:20

Anyone know whether this will affect the price of current GF processes and its associated products?Quote

19-02-2019, 11:33:16

Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
Anyone know whether this will affect the price of current GF processes and its associated products?
Yes, Samsung. Quote

19-02-2019, 11:51:16

To be fair I don't think there are actually any associated products from a consumer perspective, pretty much all of GF's current revenue comes from extremely low cost designs(Small non-GP chips built on modern 28nm or 22nm nodes). The only real exception for now is IBMs use of their 14nm nodes, or AMDs use a second source for their Samsung based chips(Ryzen/Polaris). Obviously for 14LPP this was directly licensed from Samsung, though 12LP added more unique features while 12FDX is in some ways quite revolutionary (Though still has its heritage in Samsungs 14nm), but that doesn't mean much when the only major consumer design win so far will be low power IO dies alongside the meat & potatoes TSMC chips in Zen2.Quote

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