SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Faced with a lack of capacity, Taiwan's Macronix International Co. Ltd. is mulling plans to build two 300-mm fabs--at a cost of $4.9 billion, according to reports.
According to reports, the memory maker is looking at building the fabs in the Central Taiwan Science Park. It has submitted an investment plan in the park, based in Taichung, according to reports.
A spokesman for the chip maker confirmed the reports that it is looking at building new fabs. ''The intention is there, but just how to do it is unclear,'' the spokesman said.
Macronix owns one 8-inch wafer fab and one 6-inch plant in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Macronix is the largest supplier of ROM products worldwide. It also produces a wide range of NOR flash products and solutions across various densities in embedded, consumer, and enterprise applications.
At one time, the company had a 300-mm shell. In 2006, Taiwanese memory chip company Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. agreed to pay Macronix about $165 million for that fab.
In recent times, Macronix has seen a boost in business. Total net revenues increased 17 percent sequentially and increased 11 percent over second quarter 2008 to NT$5.772 billion ($175.4 million).
For Q2, net income was NT$980 million ($ 29.8 million).
During that period, its capacity utilization rate was 99 percent.