LONDON – Landshut Silicon Foundry GmbH has signed an agreement with QT Hightech Malaysia Sdn Bhd to help build a 200-mm wafer fab in the Kulim High-tech Park in Malaysia, according to local reports. A second memorandum of understanding was signed between LFoundry Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Mitsubishi UFJ, one report said.
Building work is expected to start in December and to be completed within 18 months. The wafer fab should start production of analog, mixed-signal and high-voltage devices on a 130- to 110-nm process technology.
About 1.73 billion Malaysian Ringit (about $560 million) has been allocated for the setting up of the wafer fab with a production capacity of 60,000 wafer starts per month, according to bernama.com, the Malaysia National News agency.
It is not clear from the reports where that money will be drawn from, or whether it will all come from government. Nor is it clear what level of ownership Lfoundry will have in the plant once it is completed. LFoundry is probably providing process technology and expertise in return for a share in the fab.
The Malaysian government is planning to help fund another four wafer fabs in the Northern Corridor Economic Region, and expects discussions on those fabs to be finalized in the next few months, the report said.
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