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Intel Is in Talks to Purchase GlobalFoundries for $30 Billion: Report

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Intel has a contract chip-making operation much like GlobalFoundries.


Semiconductor heavyweight Intel is in talks to purchase contract chip maker GlobalFoundries for $30 billion, The Wall Avenue Journal reported late Thursday.

Intel (ticker: INTC) inventory edged up 0.5% within the prolonged session. Shares closed off 1.3% to $55.81 in common buying and selling; different chip shares additionally have been down.

Intel declined to remark. GlobalFoundries, which was as soon as owned by Intel rival Superior Micro Gadgets, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from Barron’s, however a spokeswoman informed the Journal the corporate isn’t at present in discussions with Intel.

The U.S.-based GlobalFoundries is owned by World Mubadala Funding, an funding arm of the Abu Dhabi authorities. The talks seem like between Intel and World Mubadala, the Journal reported.

If the deal goes by, it might bolster Intel’s $20 billion plans to construct out its new contract manufacturing unit. The brand new unit, known as Intel Foundry Companies, goals to function as different contract chip producers, and can make chips designed by different corporations.

The acquisition, nevertheless, wouldn’t enhance Intel’s place in opposition to rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) for essentially the most superior and complicated processors, which make up almost half of Taiwan Semi’s income.

A number of years in the past, GlobalFoundries deserted plans to fabricate equally superior chips utilizing excessive ultraviolet lithography know-how, or EUV. The know-how is so advanced—and costly—that even Intel has had problem perfecting fabrication. To date, solely Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semi have demonstrated they will effectively make chips utilizing EUV know-how.

Right now, GlobalFoundries makes use of older know-how to make much less superior semiconductors, though the chips typically have equally essential makes use of. Just like different semiconductor producers, GlobalFoundries has mentioned it’s increasing its manufacturing, with a roughly $4 billion dedication to a brand new plant it’s constructing in Singapore.

AMD spun out GlobalFoundries in 2008, however the two corporations keep ties. AMD has a multiyear deal to purchase roughly $1.6 billion of silicon wafers from GlobalFoundries, in response to type that AMD filed with the Securities and Change Fee.

If the deal falls aside, GlobalFoundries might proceed with an preliminary public providing already deliberate for 2022.

Write to Max A. Cherney at max.cherney@barrons.com

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