Wednesday, November 26, 2003
ARLINGTON, Va. Fujitsu Ltd. on Wednesday (Nov. 26) said it will use Central Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (Wuxi, China) as a foundry for its 8-bit microcontrollers.
The Japanese chip maker said it plans to have CSMC produce all of its 8-bit MCUs, which are largely used in home appliances, such as refrigerators and air conditioners. CSMC will begin delivering units next spring.
Fujitsu said it will continue to make its 16- and 32-bit microcontrollers in its fabs in Japan.
CSMC in August signed an agreement with Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing to acquire the 6-inch production equipment and technology from the Singapore foundry's Fab 1 and install the gear in the CSMC's Wuxi fab.
At the time CSMC said the new line would start production in April, 2004 and boost the Wuxi fab production from 20,000 wafers a month to more than 45,000 wafers monthly by mid-2005.