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TSMC plans $7.5 billion superfab, says report

Posted: 15 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:300mm wafer fab?

Leading foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd has applied to build a next-generation 300mm wafer fab in Taichung, according to a Taipei Times report, which referenced a science park official and a TSMC spokesman as sources.

The final manufacturing capacity of the plant is planned to be more than 100,000 wafers per month, the report said. The fab's total cost could be an unprecedented $7.5 billion, the report said, which isroughly triple the cost of the current generation of fabs. "TSMC submitted its operation proposal for our review and approval on Friday," the report quoted Yang Wen-ke, deputy director-general of the Provisional Office of Central Taiwan Science Park, as saying Wednesday (Aug. 10).

TSMC is expected to spend a total of NT$240 billion (about $7.5 billion) to build the fab to manufacture chips using the most-advanced 65-nanometer and 45-nanometer manufacturing processes on 300-mm diameter wafers, the report said quoting Yang who cited TSMC's proposals.

TSMC expects to break ground for the shell of the building in January 2007 and start production of chips 18 months later in August 2008, with shipments at a rate of 11,000 wafers per month, the report said referencing the proposal.

The ultimate capacity of the planned superfab is expected to be 105,000 wafers per month after a three-phase expansion program is completed within five to ten years, the report said referencing the proposal.

TSMC spokesman Tzeng Jinn-haw confirmed that TSMC has applied to build a fab in the Central Taiwan Science Park, the report said. But the report said he added that the Taichung expansion would not begin until after TSMC's Fab-12 in Hsinchu and Fab-14 in Tainan have become fully loaded.

- Peter Clarke

EE Times

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