December 12, 2007 – German chipmaker X-Fab Silicon Foundries has agreed to license its 0.6-micron process technology (“XC06”) to Brazil’s CEITEC (Excellence Center for Advanced Electronic Technology), for use in CMOS semiconductor manufacturing in the country’s 150mm prototype frontend wafer fab, slated to open in 3Q08. Small-volume manufacturing and prototyping will take place at CEITEC’s fab in Porto Alegre, Brazil, with larger volumes manufactured at X-Fab’s facilities in Erfurt, Germany, and Lubbock, Texas (US).
The deal widens X-Fab’s inroads into a potentially high-growth geographic region. In a statement, the company pointed to data from Brazil’s Industry & Commerce and Science & Technology ministries, indicating that demand for semiconductors used in Brazilian-made devices is forecasted to grow about 21% this year to $4B.
“This technology will enable us to establish commercial front-end semiconductor manufacturing domestically in Brazil, to help meet the fast-growing demand here for semiconductor chips,” said S