MILPITAS  Calif. -- In an effort to develop innovative semiconductor solutions, Global Foundries announced plans to build a new global R&D facility at its Fab 8 campus in Saratoga County, N.Y.

The new Technology Development Center (TDC), consisting of  more than a half million square feet, will  have both a cleanroom and laboratory space.

The new plant will add 1,000 employees by 2014 to a workforce of 2,000.

The $2 billion investment in this facility will increase the total capital investment for the Fab 8 campus to more than $8 billion.

 The TDC will house a variety of semiconductor development and manufacturing spaces to support the transition to new technology nodes, the company said.

“As the industry shifts from the PC era to a market focused on mobile devices, we have seen increasingly strong interest from customers in migrating to advanced nodes on an accelerated schedule,” said GlobalFoundries CEO Ajit Manocha.

The facility will  develop end-to-end solutions covering the full spectrum of silicon technology, from new interconnect and packaging technologies that enable three-dimensional (3D) stacking of chips to leading-edge photomasks for Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography and everything in between,  the company  said.

The company cited “New York State’s continued support of the semiconductor industry has created a strong collaborative ecosystem” as helping "pave the way for this additional investment."

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013