Comment: I remember the excitement in the Saratoga area when this chip fab started construction. This is great for US manufacturing and great for the Saratoga region. I seriously thought about keeping the in-laws house for one of my sons. It’s a wonderful place to live and it’ll be a terrific place to be in IT as the years go by. It would also have been a great place for SWMBO and I to enjoy some decent winter weather. All my skis, snowshoes and skates are just sitting in my cellar here in Virginia.
Global Foundry is the world’s third largest chip maker and its Saratoga fab is its flagship and most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility. The corporate headquarters just moved from California to Saratoga. Oddly enough, the UAE is the money behind Global Foundry. Damn! Arab money doing something worthwhile. That’s a refreshing switch.
The Foxconn deal left Wisconsin high and dry. TSMC is building a chip fab in Arizona and is planning to build a total of six fabs there. I don’t know what kind of deal they got, but I doubt it took into account the water situation in the southwest. Manufacturing chips is a water intensive industry. I doubt Arizona is willing to go without water just to allow TSMC to make chips. Global Foundry’s fab 8 and 8.2 won’t have that problem. They are situated at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, just north of Round Lake and within walking distance of Saratoga Lake to the north of the fab. However, I doubt they’ll get their water from the lakes. The fishing and boating is too good in those lakes.
The area’s strong educational infrastructure was one reason Global Foundry decided to build in Saratoga. RPI is just across the river and SUNY Polytech has its NanoTech Complex in Albany. Hudson Valley Community College has a branch campus adjacent to Fab 8 and is starting an 18 month apprenticeship program with Global Foundry. Fab 8 and 8.2 are aiming at supplying a wide range of customers with chips. That includes the US defense, communications and auto industries. They are especially looking forward to supplying the US auto industry with the some 3,000 chips needed for each EV produced.
At some point, our economic reasons for continuing to defend Taiwan will become moot.