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SMIC readies for 12-inch wafer fab project in Wuhan

Posted: 27 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SMIC? Wuhan fab? 90nm? DRAM? logic IC?

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) will push through with its 12-inch wafer fab project in Wuhan, China after the city's environmental authorities approved the project.

According to industry sources, funding for the 12-inch fab project, which is worth about $1.3 billion, will come from the Wuhan city government. Managing the fab is SMIC. Construction will begin in the fourth quarter of next year, with pilot runs set for 2008. The fab will use 90nm and higher-end technology processes.

The Wuhan fab plant is expected to have a monthly capacity of 50,000 wafers within three to five years of operation, said SMIC CEO Richard Chang. The fab will provide services for the DRAM and logic IC segments.

Meanwhile, SMIC's 8-inch wafer fab in Chengdu will start installing equipment this quarter. Investment for the fab came from the Chengdu city government. SMIC handles the operations. Monthly production capacity at the fab is projected to hit 50,000 wafers, within three to five years after production begins.

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