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Infineon licenses 130nm CMOS tech to HSMC

Posted: 29 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Infineon HSMC partnership? manufacturing fab India? 130nm process technology?

Confirming an earlier report, Infineon Technologies AG has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with startup Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (HSMC) for a technology partnership, with Infineon licensing its 130nm CMOS process technology to HSMC. The partnership will focus on the production of ICs for mobile phones, ID cards and automotives for the Indian market.

"This initiative will lead India to become a destination of choice for the future of manufacturing hi-tech products," said Deven Verma, chairman of the board, HSMC. "The development of semiconductor manufacturing will help catapult the GDP to approximately 10-11 percent per year, from India's current GDP of around 9 percent," he added.

Based on the MoU, Infineon will also license its process technologies for radio frequency, embedded flash for chip card applications and embedded flash for automotive applications to HSMC. Moreover, Infineon will offer expertise and advice for the technology transfer and setup of the HSMC fab. Infineon will also license its design libraries to enable faster ramp-up of product development for HSMC.

The HSMC group will set up two semiconductor manufacturing facilities in India. The first fab will produce 8-inch wafers and will require a $1 billion investment. The second fab will be dedicated for more advanced 12-inch wafers and will require an investment of $3.2 to $3.5 billion. First products from HSMC are expected to roll within two years.

India's Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Thiru Dayanidhi Maran noted that this initiative will enable India to keep up with the projected domestic industry growth of $36 billion by 2015.

"We need the fabrication industry in India to complete the full semiconductor ecosystem," said the minister. Now, with a clear-cut policy in place, fab units in India will attract large investments, and the state governments could take it further by attracting large players like Infineon and HSMC."




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