April 30, 2001 – Tainan, Taiwan – Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. has reportedly decided to halt construction of its first 300mm wafer plant in the Tainan Industrial Park due to complications posed by a proposed high-speed railway.
Construction on the 12-hectare site began last December, and SIS planned to invest $50 billion Taiwanese (about $1.6 billion US) into the plant. However, the proposed Taiwan High-Speed Railway is to pass close to the industrial park and the vibration from the trains is expected to impact operations at the planned fab. Consequentially, SIS has decided to build the plant and associated research facility elsewhere.
SIS initially planned to put two fabs at the site; no mention was made as to the plans for the second fab, which was as yet only in the planning stages.