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Malaysian foundry increases production capacity by 20%

Posted: 18 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Silterra? semiconductor? wafer? foundry? CMOS?

Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a semiconductor wafer foundry that provides advanced foundry standard CMOS logic, high-voltage and mixed-signal/RF technologies, has increased the production capacity of its manufacturing fab by 20 percent to 33,500 wafer starts per month. According to the company, a portion of the capacity is dedicated to the CL130G 0.13?n copper process; while the rest is capable of supporting designs at the 0.18?n and 0.16?n technology nodes. Silterra plans to complete its Fab 1 expansion to reach 40,000 wafer starts per month of capacity by the end of 2006.

"We anticipated the increase in customer demand and expanded our capacity accordingly. Even with the added capacity, our fab utilization rate is over 95 percent right now," said Silterra CEO Bruce Gray in a statement. "Our plan is to build out the fab to the maximum capacity of 40,000 wafer starts per month with state-of-the-art 0.13?n equipment by year end. We are ramping up volume on the 0.16?n node, which will contribute to our revenue significantly for the rest of the year. The present indications are that Silterra's business level in 2006 will be considerably above that of 2005."

The CL160G, a cost reduction version of Silterra's high volume CL180G process, provides 15 to 19 percent area advantage to existing 0.18?n designs. The company said that the linear shrink methodology does not require customers to redesign their products in order to enjoy the cost savings.

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