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Fujitsu tries to sell its main fab

Posted: 01 Aug 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Fujitsu? wafer fab? TSMC?

Fujitsu Ltd. has launched discussions on the sale of its main wafer fab to foundry chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), reports said. The wafer fab in Mie prefecture makes image processing chips and processors for supercomputers.

However, a TSMC spokesperson declined claims and announced that the company has no plans of buying off shore wafer fabs.

Fujitsu's attempt to sell its fab is resonant of a similar endeavor taken by fellow Japanese company Renesas Electronics Corp.

Last May, Renesas had tried to persuade TSMC to acquire a system-chip fab in Yamagata as part of a deal to take on increased foundry work for the former. However, TSMC, through chairman and CEO Morris Chang, announced earlier this month that it had no plans of acquiring Reneses fab.

The policy of TSMC is to generally concentrate wafer fabs at a couple of sites in Taiwan. TSMC also operates fabs in mainland China and the Unites States and has a joint venture fab in Singapore.

Earlier this year, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Renesas were rumored to merge their system-chip operations but there have been no updates about it to date.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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