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UTAC, SMIC launch Chengdu joint venture

Posted: 21 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Jonathan Hopfner China's? Semiconductor Manufacturing International? United Test and Assembly Center; UTAC? SMIC? test facility?

United Test and Assembly Center Ltd (UTAC) and China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) recently announced at an opening ceremony for their joint assembly and test facility that the factory has already moved into the pilot production phase.

The partners said in a joint statement that the plant, located in Chengdu, China, and known as AT2, commenced TSOP production in the Q1 of 2006.

The facility is said to initially focus on TSOP, SO8, TSSOP, PDIP, TO220 and DPAK packages, churning out up to 100 million chips per month when the plant moves into mass production.

UTAC and SMIC unveiled plans for the venture in May 2005, and have committed some $175 million in investment to the first phase of the project. Located in Chengdu's Special Export Manufacturing Zone, AT2 covers over 40,000 square meters and includes 11,000 square meters of clean room facilities.

The partners said they hope the venture will enable them to capture a larger chunk of China's rapidly growing chip market.

- Jonathan Hopfner
EE Times

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