While Intel plans to build a large chip factory in Germany, semiconductor manufacturers GlobalFoundries and STMicroelectronics are discussing building a similar facility in neighboring France. According to Bloomberg, such a move will help Europe tackle chip shortages in the future and allow the EU to meet its goal of capturing 20% of the global semiconductor market by 2030.
Sources told The Register that New York-based GlobalFoundries and Geneva-based STMicroelectronics are hoping for government subsidies for the build under the European Chips Act. The specialization of the new plant could possibly include the production of “energy-efficient chips in line with advanced technology‘ although the details have not yet been announced – both companies have not commented.
It is important that GlobalFoundries and STMicroelectronics do not specialize in the most advanced technological processes, unlike TSMC, Samsung and Intel, which produce semiconductors for all electronics. Production in France will probably not produce the latest CPUs and chips for graphics cards – perhaps Intel’s new production facilities in Germany, which are scheduled to go into operation in 2027, will take over.
It is possible that the partners intend to put into practice the previously announced joint plans to bring the production technology of semiconductors on FD-SOI substrates to a new level. The technology can be used to create low-power chips for cars, the Internet of Things and mobile solutions. There are other assumptions, but they are nothing more than speculation.