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posted by martyb on Tuesday July 20, @09:09AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the Glo-with-the-Flo dept.

Intel in talks to buy GlobalFoundries for about $30 billion:

July 15 (Reuters) - Intel Corp (INTC.O) is in talks to buy semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries Inc for about $30 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Any deal talks don't appear to include GlobalFoundries directly, as a spokesperson for the company told the Journal it was not in discussions with Intel, according to the report. (https://on.wsj.com/3yXFQLU)

Talks come as a semiconductor shortage is hobbling industries around the globe. A deal could help Intel ramp up production of chips at a time demand is at its peak and the company is looking to start producing chips for car makers that have struggled to keep operations running due to severe shortages.

Intel, one of the last companies in the semiconductor industry that both designs and manufactures its own chips, said earlier this year it would expand its advanced chip manufacturing capacity by spending as much as $20 billion to invest in factories in the U.S.


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  • (Score: 2) by turgid on Tuesday July 20, @09:16AM (2 children)

    by turgid (4318) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 20, @09:16AM (#1158199) Journal

    So will this put AMD out of business?

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by takyon on Tuesday July 20, @09:27AM (1 child)

      by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Tuesday July 20, @09:27AM (#1158202) Journal

      No. Intel and AMD will happily exchange money, licenses, etc. Intel might even be compelled to do so to keep regulators at bay.

      AMD is in deep with TSMC now. Zen 4 and later products are not expected to use a "12nm" I/O die from GlobalFoundries, instead moving to TSMC "6nm" (basically "7nm" but with a density improvement). AMD will still make older products at GlobalFoundries and possibly something interesting like a Monet APU [videocardz.com].

      AMD has a relationship with Samsung [soylentnews.org] and could also make chips on their fabs [notebookcheck.net] if needed, though the decisions have to be made years in advance. Samsung's "3nm" node using gate-all-around transistors would be a good place to start.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @10:04AM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @10:04AM (#1158206)

    Any deal talks don't appear to include GlobalFoundries directly, as a spokesperson for the company told the Journal it was not in discussions with Intel, according to the report.

    So Intel is talking to who then? Who are the major shareholders for Global?

    TFS sucks.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by takyon on Tuesday July 20, @10:08AM

      by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Tuesday July 20, @10:08AM (#1158207) Journal

      GlobalFoundries is majority owned by Mubadala Investment Company [wikipedia.org]:

      Mubadala Investment Company PJSC (Arabic: شركة مبادلة للاستثمار‎) (Mubadala) is an Emirati state-owned holding company that can be characterized as a sovereign wealth fund. The organization is strongly connected to Mohamed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

      It was established in 2017 when then-named Mubadala Development Company (now Mamoura Diversified Global Holding) and the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) merged. It is a wholly owned investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Reportedly, Mubadala Investment was formed after Khadem al-Qubaisi, ex-managing director of IPIC, was arrested over his and the company’s involvement in the 1MDB scandal [wikipedia.org].

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    • (Score: 2) by Ingar on Tuesday July 20, @10:12AM

      by Ingar (801) on Tuesday July 20, @10:12AM (#1158208) Homepage

      GlobalFoundries, which is owned by Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Co, has a manufacturing footprint across the U.S., Europe and Asia.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @11:16AM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @11:16AM (#1158219)

      Better summary: Jews bartering with Muslims about a factory.

      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday July 20, @03:42PM (2 children)

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 20, @03:42PM (#1158290) Journal
        Because the best metric of a company's success is a wild stab at the ethnicity of some of the owners?
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @06:02PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @06:02PM (#1158351)

          It has nothing to do with their success. It has to do with trustworthiness and national (this means racial, unless you're a brainwashed slave) security.

          • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday July 20, @09:32PM

            by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 20, @09:32PM (#1158449) Journal

            It has to do with trustworthiness and national (this means racial, unless you're a brainwashed slave) security.

            Really? Then where's the evidence to support that assertion?

            And the "unless you're a brainwashed slave" bit? Any fantasy narrative that starts with a straw man for disagreement isn't serious.

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by DannyB on Tuesday July 20, @03:33PM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 20, @03:33PM (#1158284) Journal

    the company is looking to start producing chips for car makers that have struggled to keep operations running due to severe shortages.

    Perhaps some day in the future, innovative scientists could invent a way to make automobiles that don't need so many silly cone chips. Would this be possible?

    This might even make autos easier to repair.

    This would lessen lesson the shortage of chips for other important needs, such as ball point pens that talk, smart toilets, or refrigerators connected to the cloud to keep cool. Or other uses of chips . . .


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    “Have you ever wondered how many calories you’re burning during intercourse?” It asks, to which our answer is a firm “no” followed by “what on Earth is wrong with you?”

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @04:41PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @04:41PM (#1158313)

      maybe there's a shortage of "book-keeping" chips too? that should spiral downwards beautifully :)

  • (Score: 2) by Rich on Tuesday July 20, @05:21PM (1 child)

    by Rich (945) on Tuesday July 20, @05:21PM (#1158329) Journal

    I was wondering what microcontrollers Intel was offering and had a look at Arrow and Mouser. I found all sorts of weird shit, including the "D2000" Quark, which is an FPU-less, stripped down 586 variety, or legacy 8051 stuff, much of that even in stock, but everything listed as "discontinued"/"obsolete". At Mouser, "Intel" is not among the vendors offering microcontrollers at all, anymore.

    The car manufacturers have finished designs and need specific chips, and from availability numbers we can guess that the STM32 line is a major player here. Somehow I can neither imagine that Intel is queueing behind CKS, Gigadevices, and WCH to offer their iARM32F103C8T6, nor that the car manufacturers have any need for a stripped down Pentium with blockchain-enabled-machine-learning accelerator (which is what the Intel marketing dimwits would likely come up with) at $29 in quantity.

    So what can we expect from Intel in the near future, in the controller segment, and what could we expect if they buy GF?

    Besides all that, any anti-trust agency worth a single letter of their name should shoot this takeover down. But won't, because this is about control of the global market in the end. Which is probably why the takeover is considered in the first place. Like they have $30bn cash in the bank, no reasonable path to turn these into products they can sell at the markups they are used to, and inflation looms.

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