Tokyo, Japan–To meet surging demand for semiconductor devices in China, NEC Corp. will invest 35 billion yen (US$300 million) to expand output at its Beijing fab, Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics Co. Ltd., from 20,000 to 30,000 8-in. wafers per month by December.
NEC has long forecasted a significant expansion of the semiconductor market in China and began operation of its Shougang NEC Electronics Co. Ltd. fab there in December 1993. This was followed by Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics in February 1999. To support its sales and marketing efforts in China, NEC also established an IC design company, Beijing Hua Hong NEC IC Design Co. Ltd., in July 1999.