Chartered Semiconductor makes its first 300mm wafers at its newest plant

September 10, 2004 – Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. has made working 0.13-micron silicon chips from its first 300mm wafers, the Singapore-based company said in a recent statement to the Singapore stock exchange, according to the Taiwan News.

Fab 7, Chartered’s first factory to make the larger wafers, will also make more advanced chips that include more transistors. At full production capacity, Fab 7 will be able to make 30,000 300mm wafers/month, Chartered spokeswoman Maggie Tan said via telephone.

Chartered is also “running initial wafers on the process” to make 0.11-micron silicon chips and the more advanced 90nm silicon-on-insulator technology it is developing with IBM, Tan said.

Commercial production of 90nm chips is expected to begin in mid-2005.


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