ARM Confirmed to be in Discussions with Global Foundries

Paul Lilly

The rumors are true - AMD spin off Global Foundries and ARM are in talks about joining forces to build chips together. According to Kevin Smith, ARM's vice president, his company plans to add manufacturing partners as it expands its business beyond mobile phones.

ARM also hopes to capture 15 percent of the mini-notebook market by the end of 2010, Smith added. The company is already working with Freescale Semiconductor, Sharp Corp., and Pegatron Technology, and adding Global Foundries to the mix would be a major boost.

It would also be a major win for Global Foundries, who is now reported to have over 150 customers, after starting off with just two (AMD and ST Microelectronics).

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