GF’s Essential Chips Enable Sustainability 

By Brian Raley
Director of Corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety and Sustainability, GlobalFoundries 

In celebration of World Environment Day, and as I think about how GlobalFoundries (GF) continues to lean into our commitment to sustainability, I am excited about the ways the essential chips we manufacture enable our customers to create devices and technologies necessary for building a more resource-efficient and sustainable future.  

GF’s announcement last month of new goals to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 100% carbon-neutral power by 2050 is a critical step in our Journey to Zero Carbon and our role as a responsible corporate steward of the environment. These goals reflect the all-hands-on-deck effort needed at every level of society to combat climate change.  

The benefits of the essential chips we manufacture go beyond environmental sustainability. In addition to more energy-efficient devices and shaping technologies from electric vehicles to smart devices to datacenters, the essential chips we make are also key for enabling improved medical diagnostics, safety, and health and fitness across a range of technologies and devices. Let’s look at three of our end-markets: 


  • Automotive, our fastest growing end market in 2023, is a prime example of GF chips enabling a more sustainable future. I am inspired to imagine a new era of electric transportation driven by GF’s BCD and BCDLite® CMOS platforms delivering differentiated power efficiency and management to the battery systems critical for (hybrid) electric vehicles. Automotive radar is another area where GF’s technology solutions support human needs. Radar is the basis for safety features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and other advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) functions. 

Data Center 

  • As society demands more from AI and other data center services, we continue to see unprecedented energy demands to support these services. GF technology is addressing these massive energy demands in several ways. First, GF’s products are used across the full range of power delivery systems to improve the efficiency of the delivery of energy to run data centers. Additionally, GF’s Fotonix™ platform is enabling the fundamental shift of communication from electrons to photons, delivering higher data bandwidth that is not possible with conventional chips to enable large language AI models to run efficiently across multiple processors within a server or across multiple servers. 

Internet of Things (IoT) 

  • The IoT devices GF’s technology supports range from retail tags that improve supply chain functionality to health and fitness trackers helping people better understand their health metrics. One of the most impactful examples of this is enabling life-changing continuous glucose monitoring for people with diabetes, a condition which impacts more than 500 million people around the world.

These are just a few ways in which GF-made chips are helping to build a healthier, safer and more sustainable world. Read more on this topic here or in the “Technology for Humanity” section of our 2023 Corporate Responsibility Report. We’ll have even more examples in our forthcoming 2024 Report. 

Brian Raley is the Director of Corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety and Sustainability at GlobalFoundries. Based in Malta, New York, Brian has been with GF since its founding in 2009. He has focused on sustainability efforts in the semiconductor industry for 29 years.