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Taiwan approves 200mm fab investments in China

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

Keywords:fab? 200mm? chip? ProMOS? TSMC?

Taiwan approved applications by Powerchip Semiconductor and ProMOS Technologies, to invest in 200mm wafer fabs in China. In addition, the government will allow packaging and testing company Advanced Semiconductor Engineering to open factories.

The government also will allow Taiwanese companies to offer 0.18? chip manufacturing technology in China. The previous limit was 0.25?.

ProMOS said it is planning to invest $360 million to open its first China fab, but more details were not available. Details were also sketchy about Powerchip's plans but it has said in the past that after waiting for more than two years for approval, it's no longer certain of when it will invest in China.

The approvals will also be a boost to foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which currently operates a fab in China. More and more of its China clients are interested in 0.18?, which is a mainstream node for Chinese companies.

It will also help it battle China's most advanced foundry, Shanghai-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), on its own turf. SMIC is already mass producing 90nm technology and researching the 65nm node.

- Richard Goering
EE Times




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