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Indian chip agency preps 'FabCity' plan

Posted: 28 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The India Semiconductor Association (ISA) is drawing up plans for a semiconductor fabrication complex it is calling "FabCity". The wafer fab facility is expected to cost between $3 billion and $4 billion.

The plans include discussion of subsidy and tax incentives and are being written without a particular location in mind to determine what steps are necessary to establish Indian semiconductor manufacturing, and the possible rewards.

The ISA expects FabCity to have the potential to support more than $50 billion of global investment and create an electronic industry in excess of $100 billion in the next 10 years. "This vision is inspired by an unprecedented growth in the Indian electronics consumption, a vibrant chip design industry, increasing semiconductor content in the electronic industry and significant export potential," said Poornima Shenoy, president, ISA, Bangalore.

The blueprint is expected to be used by the Indian federal and regional governments. In addition the federal government is looking for a 1,500 acre site to accommodate FabCity and has said that it will invest in the setting up of the complex.

The FabCity plan is being written with attention to how countries such as China, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan have moved into semiconductor manufacturing, in order to understand infrastructure needs better. "This is because while the manufacturing potential exists, India currently needs the infrastructure to be in place to enable world-class manufacturing. It is government support which can convert the vision of a fab to reality by providing the right legislative support and necessary infrastructure," Shenoy said.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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