SAN FRANCISCO Mexico is expected to make a bid to become the world's next semiconductor center during next week's Semicon West trade show here.
Officials from the Mexican government are expected to disclose details of the Silicon Border, a 10,000-acre industrial park catering to semiconductor and other high-tech industries. The Silicon Border would be built along the U.S.-Mexican border.
At the event, Mexico is also expected to disclose details on how it will attract multinational chip makers. Mexico does not have its own, domestic IC industry.
Fernando Canales Clariond, Mexico's Secretary of the Economy, and Baja California Gov. Eugenio Elorduy Walther also will discuss plans to support the high-technology industrial complex.
"The goal of the site is to provide the infrastructure and support for semiconductor companies to manufacture in North America and cost-effectively compete with the majority of the industry's operations currently located in Asia," states an invitation to the press event at Semicon West on July 14.
"Explore the realities of Mexico as a viable alternative to Asia, and find out how semiconductor companies in the supply chain will benefit, proposed tax incentives," the invitation states.
Analysts are skeptical about Mexico's ability to develop a chip industry. It does however boast of a strong contract electronics manufacturing industry, thanks to foreign multinationals that have invested in that nation.
Still, Mexico has little or no experience in semiconductor manufacturing. Meanwhile, many new fabs are being constructed in lower-cost nations, especially China, according to analysts.