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Cypress to build 'solar' fab in India

Posted: 29 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar fab center? solar cell? wafer? SunPower? solar wafer?

Cypress Semiconductor is discussing plans with the government of Andhra Pradesh in southern India to set up a solar "fab center" that would produce solar cells and wafers.

Cypress has mentioned India as a possible location for manufacturing solar cells that are in growing demand. The Philippines, where SunPower Corp. maintains an office, has also been mentioned as a possible location for the fab.

The company plans an investment of $50 million in the manufacturing site, according to a report in The Hindu Business Line from New Delhi, quoting Pidigu Narayana, director of the Cypress design center in Hyderabad. A new site is likely to be a unit of SunPower, the Cypress energy subsidiary.

Cypress also plans to double staffing at its U.S. design center to 600 while a small team in Hyderabad will be doubled to 40. Cypress works with several Indian partners, including Wipro Technologies and Persistent Technologies. Both are developing applications based on Cypress chips.

More deals are expected next year in other market segments such as computing, auto and consumer electronics and energy equipment. More than half of Cypress' chip design work is located in India.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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