Report: Powerchip, Renesas building China fab

January 22, 2007 – Having finally received the green light from Taiwan’s government to transfer 200mm/0.18-micron technologies to mainland China, Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. says it will expand its current partnership with Japan’s Renesas to include setting up a 200mm fab in China, according to the Taiwan Economic News.

Powerchip owns a 200mm fab in Taiwan with 37,000 wafers/month capacity, now used mainly for memory chips and logic IC foundry services, with monthly revenues of ~US $15-$18 million, about 6% of its total revenues.

As a first move into the Chinese electronics market, Renesas has purchased a 37% stake in Powerchip subsidiary Retronix Technologies. Renesas already provides technical cooperation to Powerchip for NAND flash chips, and the two reportedly have set up a JV for system-on-chip memory chip design in Japan, the paper noted.


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