GE has signed a contract to supply an ultrapure water system to GlobalFoundries’ new semiconductor manufacturing facility currently under construction at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, N.Y.

GE will design, supply and install an advanced ultrapure water system for the new $4.6 billion computer chip factory called “Fab 8.” According to GE, the facility is the largest economic development project now underway in the United States. It is expected to be the largest, most advanced semiconductor “fab” in the world upon completion in late 2012.

“Reliable, long-term production of ultrapure water will play a vital role in the successful operations of our new Fab 8 facility. We chose GE based on its extensive experience and ability to provide ongoing reliable technical and field support,” says Norm Armour, vice president and general manager of Fab 8, GlobalFoundries.

GE’s ultrapure water system will filter millions of gallons of water per day to be used in the semiconductor manufacturing process. It will significantly reduce operating costs and increase efficiency.

Ultrapure water systems are often considered the lifeblood of a semiconductor wafer fabrication facility. During the production cycle, a wafer comes into contact with ultrapure water more than 35 times, and any disruption of service or “out-of-spec” water can compromise the wafers and even result in loss of product. In order to consistently manufacture superior semiconductor wafers, GlobalFoundries requires the reliable production of ultrapure water 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

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