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Globalfoundries realigns maskshop partnership with Toppan Photomasks

21 January 2010 | By Mark Osborne | News > Lithography

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The Advanced Mask Technology Center (AMTC), which was originally, established as a joint venture between AMD, Infineon and DuPont Photomasks but was later acquired with the facility by Toppan Photomasks will now be used as a mask shop for Globalfoundries facilities in Dresden and Singapore. A new joint venture for the facility has been formed with TPI, which will see the facility combined into one operation, while TPI will retain its Dresden sales, customer service and mask front-end functions.

“This joint venture builds on the rich heritage of partnership and success between our companies going back to 1994,” said Jim Doran, Senior Vice President of Globalfoundries’ 300 mm Business Unit. “As a leading-edge foundry targeting the world’s largest fabless design companies, mask manufacturing is critical to our success, and partnering with Toppan will increase our capability to produce next-generation photomasks for our rapidly growing global customer base.”

“The AMTC will continue to provide world-class photomasks and service for our European and global network of customers,” said David Murray, CEO of Toppan Photomasks. “This joint venture also assures the stability of supply-chain infrastructure in Dresden and establishes a new AMTC business model through our companies’ cooperation on mask development and production.”

Thomas Schmidt, has also become the new Managing Director of the AMTC. Previously he was responsible for mask integration and engineering at the facility. Prior to joining the AMTC he worked as module-operation manager at AMD’s Fab 36, now Fab 1, Module 1 at Globalfoundries.

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