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$1B analogue fab to rise in India

Posted: 17 Feb 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wafer fabs? Make in India? manufacturing?

The India Electronics & Semiconductor Association revealed that a U.S.-based chip manufacturing company, Cricket Semiconductor, was setting up a $1 billion fab in a state in Central India.

This announcement came as a bolt out of the blue and on the heels of another announcement in which IESA and Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association are investing $10 billion to set up two semiconductor wafer fabrication plants.

At the IESA Vision Summit held a couple of weeks ago, absolutely no news about the two wafer fabs came out. According to my sources, all the panellists who were waxing eloquent on the ecosystem and manufacturing capabilities of Indian companies during the Vision Summit conferences were specifically asked not to bring up the topic of the two fabs. If one might recall these two fabs are supposed to be set up with a total investment of $10 billion by two consortiaone including IBM Corp. and Tower Semiconductor Ltd, and the other including STMicroelectronics, HSMC and Silterra Malaysia. Neither representatives of the Indian government nor industry experts gave any hint on record. But off the record, when I asked them about the fabs, they gave a wry smile and replied me with another question, "Who has got the money right now?"

So that was that. About the existing fab approval announcements, which were made on 14th February 2014.

Now, just one day short of one year, comes this news about an almost unheard-of company called Cricket Semiconductor wanting to set up an analogue fab in India. And that too, on the eve of the World Cricket Cup being played in Australia which has caught up everyone in maniacal cricket fervour.

If it were not for the promoters of Cricket Semiconductor, who are Texas Instruments' veterans, and a KarMic connection, this most recent announcement would have passed off as a joke.

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According the Cricket Semiconductor website (which is a sparse three-page affair), Lou Hutter, CEO, Cricket Semiconductor, has a total of 35 years in the semiconductor industry and has spent 29 years at Texas Instruments Inc., until 2007. As director of TI's Mixed-Signal Technology Development, he was responsible for their worldwide analogue, power and mixed-signal technology development, process delivery kits, and production ramps supporting every business unit in the company. He joined South Korea's Dongbu Hitek in 2008 as senior executive vice president and general manager of the Analog Foundry Business Unit, where he was responsible for technology development, process delivery kits, IP development, and sales and marketing.

Since 2012, he has been principal of Lou Hutter Consulting, specialising in the areas of technology, design infrastructure, organisational management, and business development, with an international client base. Hutter has 47 patents and an MSEE from MIT.

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- Sufia Tippu
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