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Taiwan ponders on 300mm fabs in China

Posted: 04 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor? IC? fab? assembly?

The Taiwan government is mulling over a plan to relax its semiconductor export control laws in China, according to a report from Forbes.

According to the report, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said the government may allow local chipmakers to set up 300mm fabs in China by September.

Up to this date, the Taiwan government opposes local chipmakers from shifting the most advanced technology to China. It did not want to move offshore its most prized IC or process technology.

Over the years, the island's key manufacturing industries have transferred mainly to China. Among the industries include its textile, passive component, PC and motherboard.

In the IC sector, Taiwan's chipmakers are currently limited to 8-inch wafer fabs and 0.18? process technologies in China. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. owns and operates a trailing-edge, 8-inch fab in Shanghai.

In 2006, Taiwan finalized a plan to relax restrictions on Taiwan company investment in China, enabling firms to use 0.18? chip manufacturing technology in China. Earlier, Taiwan firms were restricted from investing in sub-0.25? capacity in China.

Last year, Taiwan announced that it would allow packaging and testing firms to invest in China. ASE Group and others have invested in assembly plants in China.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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