TU Dresden and Globalfoundries plan joint innovation hub

The largest chip manufacturer in Dresden and the university sign a cooperation agreement to conduct joint research and promote Dresden as a business location.

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Dr. Manfred Horstmann, Geschäftsführer von Globalfoundries Dresden, schüttelt die Hand der Rektorin der TU Dresden, Professorin Ursula M. Staudinger
Dr. Manfred Horstmann, managing director of Globalfoundries Dresden, and Professor Ursula M. Staudinger, rector of TU Dresden, want to work more closely together. © TUD/Crispin-Iven Mokry

Globalfoundries Dresden (GF) and the Dresden University of Technology (TUD) want to intensify their long-standing close cooperation even more. Last Friday, Manfred Horstmann, Managing Director of Globalfoundries, and TUD Rector Ursula M. Staudinger signed a cooperation agreement to this effect. The common goal is to "sustainably expand innovation, knowledge transfer and the welcoming culture and thus to promote the high-tech location of Silicon Saxony even more competitive," the TUD announced on Monday.

The partners can build on extensive experience. For example, there has already been successful cooperation with the 5G Lab and the Nam Lab. In addition, Globalfoundries works intensively with TUD spin-offs, such as Racyics, now Europe's leading design services company. The largest chip manufacturer in Dresden permanently employs about 50 working students of the TUD, maintains its own PhD program and annually supports the Summer School "Dresden Microelectronics Academy", the Deutschlandstipendium and numerous other TUD programs.

According to TUD, the cooperation with the world's third-largest chip contract manufacturer opens up new opportunities and also provides stronger links to the global high-tech industry. Globalfoundries is gaining new opportunities to specifically develop innovative technologies for future chip production, it says.

The cooperation agreement now concluded is initially valid for five years. It provides for the bundling of all current and planned measures in a GF Innovation Hub. These include, for example, joint activities in research and development projects, attracting talent, exchange programs for faculty, students and employees, promoting social dialog and encouraging young talent for technical and scientific courses of study. Last but not least, TU Dresden and Globalfoundries want to jointly promote Dresden as a business location throughout Germany and internationally. (SZ/nm)

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