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Air Products to supply nitrogen to Rexchip fabs

Posted: 31 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Powerchi-Elpida JV? DRAM? wafer fabrication? fabs?

Air Products, through its subsidiary Air Products San Fu Co Ltd in Taiwan, has signed a long-term nitrogen and bulk gas supply deal with Rexchip Semiconductor Corp., the joint venture company between Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. and Elpida Memory Inc.

The gases will be supplied to Rexchip's two new 12-inch fabrication facilities (Fab R1 and R2), which are under construction in Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) in Houli, Taichung. Under this contract, Air Products will build, own and operate two new nitrogen air separation plants in the CTSP.

Rexchip's DRAM fabrication facilities in CSTP has a total planned capacity of 240,000 12-inch wafers per month, making the Rexchip Houli site the largest concentration of 12-inch DRAM fabrication facilities in the world.

The CTSP, which includes Taichung, Houli and Huwei park stations, is one of the two new government-sponsored science parks in Taiwan to attract investments and the development of high-tech industries to the central Taiwan district.

"This contract reinforces the partnership we have forged with Powerchip over the years. It also demonstrates our commitment to focus on what our customers value the most," said David Price, regional VP and general manager of Asia electronics, Air Products. "Our new investment also enables us to establish a strong position in the CTSP, which is set to be another cluster of high tech industries."

One of the two new nitrogen plants in the CTSP will be the seventh of its kind in Asia, which is based on Air Products' high efficiency design that delivers reliable and cost-effective nitrogen to customers in the electronics sector and other industries.

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