Guangzhou joins the provincial race for fabs
Rick Merritt, EETimes
1/29/2018 00:01 AM EST
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A plan for a billion-dollar fab in Guangzhou, China, aims to pool investments from fabless companies, creating a built-in customer base. It is the latest addition to a growing list of projects as the country tries to build up its semiconductor sector.
The so-called CanSemi project announced plans to build a 300-mm fab capable of producing 30,000 wafers/month. It would be a crown jewel of the Guangdong provincial capital, formerly known as Canton, that has aggressively courted investments from many electronics companies in recent months, including Foxconn and LG.
The CanSemi project, also known Guangzhou Yuexin or YPC, aims to start operations as early as 2019, according to a Dec. 26 report from ESM China, a sister publication of EE Times. Richard Chang, the Taiwan-born founder of China’s largest foundry, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), is said to lead the project.
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