A brand new chip manufacturing facility is to be constructed in France, by chipmakers STMicroelectronics and GlobalFoundries.
The brand new manufacturing facility was announced on Monday, and can utilise French authorities funding (considered shut to six.7 billion euros or $6.eight billion), though the 2 companies didn’t disclose how a lot they’ll make investments.
The transfer will welcome information for European authorities, who’ve been seeking to encourage chip firms to build fabs in the bloc for some time now.
European chips act
In March 2021 the European Union below its 2030 Digital Compass plan introduced it wanted to produce at least 20 percent of the world’s cutting-edge semiconductors by the tip of the last decade.
In September 2021, the EC plan was first announced by Ursula von der Leyen.
The proposal, generally known as the ‘European Chips Act’, is a strategy to bolster Europe’s self sufficiency within the semiconductor sector, by easing state support guidelines, enhancing instruments to anticipate shortages and disaster, and strengthen analysis capability within the bloc.
In February, the EU officially unveiled the European Chips Act, with the bloc mentioning Taiwan as one of many “like-minded companions” Europe wish to work with.
STMicroelectronics (ST) and GlobalFoundries (GF) stated the brand new 300mm manufacturing facility will likely be subsequent to STM’s current plant in Crolles (close to the Italian and Swiss borders in France) and is focused to succeed in full capability by 2026, with as much as 620,000 wafers per 12 months of manufacturing at a dimension of 18-nanometers.
These will likely be sometimes utilized in automotive, internet-of-things and cellular functions.
ST and GF stated they’ll obtain important monetary help from the State of France for the brand new facility.
“This facility will strongly contribute to the goals of the European Chips Act, together with the purpose of Europe reaching 20 % of worldwide semiconductor manufacturing by 2030,” the 2 companies said.
“Along with the sizeable, multi-year funding in superior semiconductor manufacturing in Europe, it would help the management and resilience of the European expertise ecosystems, from R&D (with the just lately introduced co-operation on R&D amongst ST, GF, CEA-Leti and Soitec) to large-volume manufacturing, and help European and world clients with extra capability in complicated, superior applied sciences for key end-markets together with automotive, industrial, IoT, and communication infrastructure.”
The brand new chip manufacturing facility is predicted to generate extra employment on the ST Crolles web site (with roughly 1,000 extra workers for the brand new manufacturing facility) and throughout its ecosystem of companions, suppliers and stakeholders.
“This new manufacturing facility will help our $20 billion+ income ambition. Working with GF will enable us to go quicker, decrease the danger thresholds, and reinforce the European FD-SOI ecosystem,” stated Jean-Marc Chery, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics.
“We may have extra capability to help our European and world clients as they transition to digitalization and decarbonization” he added. “ST is remodeling its manufacturing base. We have already got a novel place in our 300mm wafer fab in Crolles, France which will likely be additional strengthened by immediately’s announcement.”
“We proceed to speculate into our new 300mm wafer fab in Agrate (close to Milan, Italy), ramping up in H1 2023 with an anticipated full saturation by finish 2025, in addition to in our vertically built-in silicon carbide and gallium nitride manufacturing,” Chery concluded.
Different European investments
There have been wins and losses for Europe’s chip ambitions.
In March, Intel introduced plans for a $88 billion investment across Europe and selected Germany as the positioning for an enormous new chipmaking complicated.
In France, it plans to construct its new European research hub, creating 1,000 new high-tech jobs.
Intel’s German chip manufacturing facility will make the 2-nanometer chips, that are extra fashionable than the STM-GlobalFoundries mission.
Final month chip contracting large Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) dashed European hopes of developing a chip manufacturing facility within the bloc, saying it had no concrete plans for factories in Europe.