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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
2006-09-11 Worldwide fab capacity rose 91.2% in Q2
Worldwide fab-capacity utilization rose above the 90 percent level in the Q2 of 2006, with leading-edge processes hovering around the 96 percent range, according to the SICAS organization.
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
2014-01-20 Samsung, TSMC, Micron lead IC industry by capacity
The top 10 companies now hold 67 percent of worldwide IC industry capacity, up from 54 percent in 2009
2005-11-03 Intel re-spins fab for 300mm, 65nm chips
Preparing for a new and steep ramp of advanced microprocessor lines, Intel Corp. on Wednesday (Nov. 2) is expected to announce the 're-opening' of its wafer fab in Arizona. The newly-converted fab will produce 65nm microprocessors and other products on 300mm substrates
2010-08-20 Fab capacity use reaches 95.6
The Semiconductor International Capacity Statistics (SICAS) organization reports that almost all semiconductor manufacturing capacity in most leading-edge nodes was used in Q2 1010
2005-02-07 Excess 200mm capacity could threaten next upturn
The IC industry faces a glut of 200mm fab capacity, which could threaten the dynamics of the next semiconductor upturn, according to an analyst
2011-07-06 1Q11 fab capacity reaches 93.7
The SIA wafer capacity statistics showed the total capacity utilization of the semiconductor industry for the first quarter of 2011 averaged at 93.7 percent
2012-12-20 Wafer fab spending to recover in 2014
Gartner projects that global spending for water fab equipment will continue to decrease next year as demand softens due to improving yields
2010-07-23 UMC increases capacity with tools from TI
United Microelectronics Corp. will increase its production capacity by purchasing advanced 300mm CMOS manufacturing tools from Texas Instruments
2009-10-13 UMC gears Singapore fab up for 45/40nm
UMC's Fab 12i in Singapore has begun an aggressive expansion project, increasing its capacity and enabling 45/40nm production
2009-10-05 TI 300mm fab puts pressure on analog rivals
Texas Instruments Inc. is putting its analog rivals on notice with its latest a 300mm fab in the United States
2006-10-12 ST-Hynix JV fab ramps memory ICs
STMicroelectronics and Hynix Semiconductor officially opened their joint memory manufacturing fab in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, China Tuesday, Oct. 10
2004-03-12 SMIC aims high with Beijing fab
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int. Corp.'s massive 300mm (12-inch) semiconductor fab now under construction here may well be one of the most controversial - and celebrated - China development projects since Emperor Qin Shi Huang laid the foundation for the Great Wall of China in 214 B.C
2007-06-06 Report: TSMC, Hynix in discussion over $1B fab purchase
Taiwan Semiconductor Co. Ltd is reportedly hammering a deal with Hynix Semiconductor Inc. that would see the foundry shell out almost $1 billion to purchase a 200mm wafer fab with a capacity of 129,000 wafers per month
2005-07-27 New 300mm fab positions Chartered for future growth
Industry observers are predicting better times ahead for Chartered Semiconductor despite the foundry's posting a net loss July 22 for the third straight quarter.
2008-02-05 Maxim to fold Dallas fab, exit RF biz
Maxim Integrated Products has announced the ramp down and eventual closure of its wafer fab in Dallas, Texas, and its decision to stop funding R&D for its handset RF transceiver line
2013-11-21 Malaysia foundry ready to take X-Fab to 180nm, 130nm
X-Fab Silicon's Rudi De Winter talks to EE Times Europe about his company's acquisition of 1st Silicon in Malaysia and its transition to 200mm wafer manufacturing
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
2009-01-23 Intel succumbs to job cuts, fab shutdown
After declining to post revenue forecast for Q1, Intel Corp. has announced that it will close two fabs and three IC assembly factories.
2004-05-24 Intel invests $2B in Ireland, adds 300mm fab
Intel Corp. has disclosed plans for an additional $2 billion investment in Ireland, including a new 300mm fab module that will produce 65nm designs
2006-09-14 Infineon opens front-end power fab in Malaysia
Infineon formally opened its first Asia-based front-end power fab in Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Malaysia. This $1 billion facility, dubbed Power Fab, will have a maximum capacity of 100,000 wafer starts per month using 200mm wafer discs
2006-10-16 Infineon opens front-end fab in Malaysia
Infineon Technologies' first Asia-based front-end power fab in Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Malaysia will have a maximum capacity of 100,000 wafer starts per month using 200mm wafer discs
2007-02-07 India should resist wafer fab subsidies
A rapid plunge into leading-edge chip manufacturing could contribute to global overcapacity and not serve India well, according to an analyst attending the ISA's Vision Summit conference in Hyderabad
2010-01-19 IC biz slowdown drags fab tool market
Happy days are here again. Or are they? Outside the conference room at the ISS venue, some quietly expressed a renewed sense of cautionor worryheading into 2010.
2007-03-22 Guessing game: Will Intel build a 90nm fab in China
Reports about the construction of a 90nm Intel fab in Dalian, China had the industry abuzz with different speculationssome expect the company will confirm plans for the fab next week while others expressed doubt that the project will happen at all
2007-10-05 Gartner: Fab tool market up in '07, down in '08
Semiconductor equipment suppliers are performing better than forecast for 2007, but will do poorly in 2008, according to Gartner.
2012-04-10 Fifth phase of TSMC's Fab 14 gigafab underway
The Fab 14 Phase 5 facility will be combined with the planned Fab 14 Phase 6 to offer a total cleanroom area of 87,000 square meters, four times larger than a typical 300mm fab
2005-08-24 Fab utilization up despite foundry woes
Worldwide wafer fab manufacturing capacity utilization slightly improved in the second quarter of 2005, although overall silicon foundry rates remain anemic, according to the Semiconductor International Capacity Statistics (SICAS) group
2010-08-12 Fab tool makers losing steam
Economic conditions do not augur well for fab tool makers, says The Information Network. A slowdown on the front end will put the brakes on the hypergrowth the industry saw earlier in the year
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