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Chip Maker Axes 455 Jobs

The company is abandoning efforts to make smaller, more powerful 7-nanometer chips.

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MALTA, N.Y. (AP) — A computer chip factory in upstate New York says it's eliminating 455 jobs as it restructures operations and moves away from cutting-edge chip technology.

GlobalFoundries detailed the cuts in filings with the state Labor Department Thursday afternoon. It says the first layoffs are expected to happen on Nov. 28.

The company's Fab 8 facility in the Saratoga County town of Malta employed about 3,400 people before the restructuring.

GlobalFoundries announced in 2016 that it was investing more than $2 billion to produce next-generation 7 nanometer computer chips at Fab 8. On Monday, it said it was abandoning efforts to make the smaller, more powerful chips, and would focus exclusively on its current 14-nanometer chip line.

GlobalFoundries is owned by the government-backed Mubadala Development Company in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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