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DongbuAnam expands fab, devises 110nm process

Posted: 07 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:dongbuanam? korea? silicon foundry? foundry? wafer?

Preparing for a new crop of customers at home and abroad, Korean silicon foundry specialist DongbuAnam Semiconductor Inc. said that it plans to expand its wafer capacity and will also develop a new 110-nm process technology.

DongbuAnam (Seoul) has been ramping up its leading-edge, 130nm process technology within its 8-inch fab in South Korea. The company is offering access to a 130nm process with up to eight layers of copper interconnect through a multi-project wafer service.

In 2006, the company plans to offer a shrink version of the process based on 110-nm technology, said Jae-Inh Song, executive vice president of corporate planning at DongbuAnam.

It also plans to expand its overall capacity from 60,000 wafers a month this year to 70,000 next yearand for good reason, he said. "Business is better than last year," he said in an interview at the company's headquarters here. "Our situation is pretty good."

DongbuAnam is not only benefiting from demand within its integrated device manufacturer (IDM) base of customers, but it is also seeing an explosion in South Korea's fabless semiconductor industry, he said.

The foundry's IDM customers include Toshiba, TI, Philips, and Samsung, sources said. Korea's fabless companies are small- to mid-size firms that specialize in the mobile communications and consumer markets. Core Logic, MTekvision, and Tomato LSI are among the leading fabless companies in Korea in terms of sales.

DongbuAnam has two 8-inch fabs. One fab is capable of 0.16-micron design rules, while the other is said to process wafers down to 0.13-micron.

The company has come a long way in a short period. After keeping a low profile in the marketplace, Dongbu Electronics Co. Ltd in 2001 entered the silicon foundry business. The companya unit of the Dongbu Groupbegan processing wafers in its new 8-inch wafer fab in Korea.

In 2002, Amkor Technology Inc. completed the sale of 20 million shares in rival foundry provider, Anam Semiconductor Inc., to the Dongbu Group for $93 million. In effect, the deal gave the Dongbu Group a controlling interest in two foundry companies: Anam and Dongbu Electronics. The entities were combined and renamed DongbuAnam.

Last year, DongbuAnam was ranked as the world's sixth largest pure-play foundry with $435 million in sales, according to IC Insights Inc.

- Mark LaPedus

EE Times

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