1st Silicon Opens Sarawak Wafer Fab

SARAWAK, Malaysia — Sarawak has received its first 200 mm wafer fab following the opening of a $1.7 billion facility at the Sama Jaya Free Zone.

The facility boasts a 126,000 square feet of manufacturing cleanroom space, including 92,000 square feet of production space capable of producing more than 30,00 wafers per month at full ramp with 0.25um to 0.15um geometries.

Funding for the project came from federal and Sarawak governments, as well as investors from Europe, America and Japan.

The fab became operational during Q3 2000, and is expected to commence volume production during Q1 2001 with 0.25um digital and mixed signal CMOS technology. 1st Silicon plans to introduce 0.18um and other technologies by the end of the year. The facility was officially declared open this week.

1st Silicon, which as founded in 1998, currently has a workforce of more than 600. At full operational strength, the company could employ more than 1,000.

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