Chipmakers lay out China plans

October 18, 2004 – Three chipmakers have signed deals in the past week that will expand the scope of their operations in Mainland China.

Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland, ME, has signed a deal with Jilin Sino-Microelectronics (JSMC) to manufacture selected MOSFET and bipolar power products at its newly completed fab in Jilin City, China. JSMC also will provide capacity for more mature products from Fairchild, which also is ramping its new assembly/test facility in Suzhou, and expanding one of its US power component plants.

National Semiconductor Corp., Santa Clara, CA, has officially opened its new assembly/test manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China. The company intends to invest $200 million in the 500,000 sq. ft. facility, which complements existing plants in Malaysia and Singapore.

Micron Technology, Boise, ID, plans to build a new assembly/test factory in China, with construction starting in 2H05, according to an Associated Press report. Charles Xu, a Shanghai-based Micron PR rep, said the company would spend “likely more” than $100 million over the next three to five years to add to its domestic operations, which currently includes sales, marketing, and design.


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