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2008-09-08 Will AMD finally detail fab-lite progress?
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. could detail later this month its long-touted fab-lite strategy that involves spinning out its Dresden, Germany fabs in a deal that includes an investment from a Middle-East group to form a new company.
2012-02-17 Wafer fab shut downs on the rise
Suppliers closed or upgraded their fabs that were manufacturing using smaller wafers and shifted operations to produce more cost-effectively on larger wafers.
2007-05-10 UMC scores Sparc deal in new TI fab scheme
In TI's new fab scheme, UMC appears to have scored a major victory, as that company will make Sparc processors on a foundry basis at the 45nm node for Sun Microsystems Inc
2007-05-22 TI bares details of new 'hybrid' fab strategy
Moving to remain competitive in what has become a brave new world of IC manufacturing, TI had disclosed details of its revised 'hybrid' fab strategy
2007-02-19 Sony to follow fab-lite model on semi biz
Sony Corp. is steering its semiconductor business from vertically integrated operation to "fab-lite" operation that would involve outsourcing production of the Cell processor.
2003-07-09 SMIC buys stake in Motorola fab
China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has swapped $260M in shares to buy a stake in Motorola Inc.'s MOS-17 fab in Tianjin, China
2010-03-09 Signs point to NXP going fab-lite on mixed-signals
With NXP closing down wafer fabs ICH in Germany and ICN5 in the Netherlands, and announcing plans to close ICN6 by early-to-mid 2011, the fab-lite movement is gathering pace at the chip company.
2007-10-25 Signs point to fab-lite route for Renesas
Renesas Technology is quietly altering its fab and foundry strategies, seeking to make up ground at the 65nm node and beyond
2007-04-12 Service kicks off at Fujitsu's new 300mm fab
Fujitsu Ltd. has begun operating its second 300mm wafer fab for 65nm chip fabrication. Volume shipments will begin in July
2014-10-17 Samsung to build $14.7B IC fab
In order to maintain leadership in memory IC sales and support new markets, Samsung is building a new wafer fab in South Korea, estimated at $14.7 billion
2007-09-19 Report: Sony to sell microprocessor fab to Toshiba
Sony is reportedly planning to sell its chip lines, including its Cell processor fab, to Toshiba Corp. for $870 million, according to the Nikkei news agency in Japan
2007-04-02 Oki starts 'fab lite' trend in Japan
With Darwinian economics pushing IC companies to shed fat and focus on delivering core value, budding outsourcing partnerships like the one between Oki Electric Industry Co. and Faraday Technology Corp. may offer a clue to the strategies that some of Japan's larger companies might pursue.
2007-11-16 NXP gains from tactical fab-lite route
NXP Semiconductors' Frans van Houten, president and CEO, talks about fab-lite and the key developments since the company moved out from under the wing of Philips.
2003-03-12 Motorola staying cautious on China fab
Although its business is "healthy and growing" in China, a Motorola Inc. executive said that it will remain cautious about the ramp-up of its front-end production facility in Tianjin.
2007-12-03 Is it a fab-lite diet for analogs, too?
As digital IDMs increasingly turn to foundries for their production needs, an inevitable question arises: Will the big analog IDMs follow the same path and move toward fab-lite or even fabless strategies?
2009-06-25 Intel: Fab tool market savior
Intel Corp. continues to fund technologies and procure fab-equipment, but behind the scenes, the company is investing in some companies and brokering deals for others, reportedly including ASM International NV and NuFlare Technology Inc., sources said
2005-12-05 Infineon affirms move to 'fab-lite' strategy
Infineon Chairman and CEO Wolfgang Ziebart affirmed that the company will not build manufacturing capacity below the 90nm node, migrating to a "fab-lite" strategy.
2007-03-16 IDM firms go for 'fab lite'
The unraveling of the Crolles2 Alliance, coupled with Texas Instruments' decision to use foundry partners for its future process technology, had observers wondering whether the entire semiconductor industry was about to go fabless.
2010-11-26 IBM shows signs of fab-lite shift
An analysis of IBM's capital expenditure plans reveal that IBM is gradually allowing itself to exit from leading-edge manufacturing at high volume.
2007-10-22 Going fab-lite: Sony offloads fabs to Toshiba
Sony is transferring its advanced fab lines to Toshiba, marking Sony's shift towards a fab-liteor perhaps a fablessstrategy.
2007-06-20 For Atmel, it's security and going fab-lite
Developing new security solutions and traversing the fab-lite route are the things that will keep microcontroller company Atmel Corp. on its toes in the next two years.
2008-11-17 Fab tech roll call: survival of the fittest
Manufacturers are rolling out 45nm ICs, with 32nm designs in the works; 22nm and even smaller devices are in R&D. But delivery of chips at 32nm and beyond won't be a cool breeze.
2011-02-04 Fab firms' focus on 450mm could disrupt supply chain
Analysts fear there is not enough 300mm capacity today and 450mm plants under construction may not start mass production until 2017 or 2018, a scenario that could trigger disruptions in the IC supply chain.
2008-03-19 Elpida enters Japan fab market with UMC
Elpida Memory and UMC have partnered to pursue semiconductor foundry opportunities in Japan.
2011-01-21 Does the fab tool business model need mending
Fewer fabs coupled with cyclical downturns have caused massive consolidation in the fab tool industry. While some insist the industry should further consolidate to make it more efficient, others fear that fewer players could lead to higher tool costs and monopolies
2015-09-28 CMOS, specialty analogue design give fab-lite company a boost
ams logged nearly $190 million in revenues in 2Q15, a 60 per cent increase over the same quarter last year, with gross margins in the 54 per cent region (including acquisition-related costs).
2010-12-20 Chip manufacturing moves into fab-tight era
Semiconductor manufacturers are going through a shift from fab-light to fab-tight, according to Malcolm Penn, founder and principal analyst with Future Horizons
2010-02-05 Ceitec CEO sees mega-fab in Brazil's future
Ceitec SAC CEO Eduard Weichselbaumer says that the company's new fab is only a stepping stone that will lead to a large, 300mm 'TSMC-type fab' in Brazil within three years
2007-10-10 Atmel sells U.K. fab to TSMC, Highbridge Business Park
Atmel Corp. has entered into separate agreements with TSMC and Highbridge Business Park for the sale of its 8-inch wafer fab equipment and related property located in the U.K
2010-02-01 Analyst: Fab-lite strategy is faulty, flawed
According to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons, the fab-lite business model is: structurally deceitful, operationally faulty, and financially flawed.
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