Will Intel buy AMD's old fabs?GlobalFoundries largely consists of AMD's former manufacturing arm, the factories from Chartered Semiconductor, and the chip unit from IBM. Initially, GlobalFoundries tried to compete in the cutting-edge foundry market but over the years the foundry shifted its focus to providing a mix of more mature and specialist nodes as it could not keep up with TSMC and Samsung.
A deal to takeover GlobalFoundries could be valued around $30 billion, which would make it Intel's largest acquisition ever.
GlobalFoundries denied it's in discussions with Intel, which suggests Intel is talking exclusively to Mubadala. Buying GlobalFoundries would bolster Intel's foundry capabilities, which is something new CEO Pat Gelsinger is very interested in. Despite GlobalFoundries' struggles, for the market as a whole this could be bad news as it means even more semiconductor foundry capacity is concentrating in the hands of just three major players.