Fairchild Semiconductor increases capacity with new fab

Puchon, South Korea–Nov. 7, 2000–Fairchild Semiconductor International has opened a wafer fab in Puchon, South Korea, to manufacture power semiconductors. The new fourth line (D-Line) will complement the company’s three existing wafer fabs at the Puchon site, and will feature Class 1 cleanroom capability.

“Fairchild Semiconductor is enjoying significant demand for its power device products, especially in China, Singapore, and Taiwan,” says Fairchild’s CEO, President, and Chairman, Kirk Pond. “The new wafer fab capacity forms an important part of the company’s plan to increase our portfolio of higher-margin power and interface products, which now represent about 48% of our trade sales. By continuing to grow our worldwide capacity, we plan to stay ahead competitively and take advantage of new market opportunities.”

Representing an investment of US$80 million, the 6-inch line will produce 17,000 10-layer wafers per month during its first year in operation. The new fab features planar DMOS technology, including 30V logic, up to high voltage logic, as well as standard BCDMOS and BiCMOS technologies.

The D-Line will manufacture power devices that include MOSFET and IGBT discrete products, standard ICs, and SPS and motor analog ICs.


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