FUD Zilla reports analysts have cast doubts about the future of Globalfoundries, they state the new foundry will need to get some major clients onboard if it wants to meet its goals.
Tech consultant Adolfo Gutierrez thinks building the fab itself is not an issue, but says Globalfoundries has to get some major, non-AMD clients on board soon. "The land purchase is meaningless, even the start of the construction is superfluous... unless large clients show up very soon," Gutierrez said, adding that the company will have to snatch some of TSMC's clients to be truly successful.
Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist with In-Stat, says he has no doubt Fab 2 will be built, but he points out that construction of additional facilities will depend on getting more clients. "GlobalFoundries has an advantage of some very deep pockets right now. The later fabs will depend on the market and the company's ability to land some key customers, but right now they are in a great position." The deep pockets McGregor is referring to are those of Abu Dhabi-based ATIC.