How Global Foundries makes microchips during pandemic - Seven Days

Anyone who has ever donned the booties, gown and mask at Global Foundries (formerly IBM) knows that making microchips has always been an uber-clean process. Now the Essex Junction manufacturer is taking ‘clean’ to new heights.

"Since March, entering this massive campus — bigger than most Vermont towns — has required a new kind of pass code. A skeleton crew of more than 1,000 masked workers lines up each day before one of three gatekeepers to have their temperatures read by an infrared thermometer. Once they pass the test, the employees put on head-to-toe protective garments. Then they walk onto the floor, a labyrinthine, controlled environment where they begin their "essential" day's work that continues unabated through the coronavirus pandemic."



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