Freescale selling 150-200mm fabs in Scotland

September 5, 2007 – Freescale Semiconductor has put two Scottish facilities on the market for sale, one already producing 150mm/0.35-micron devices, and the other an unoccupied 200mm shell able to be upgraded to 300mm.

Commercial real estate Colliers ATREG has been retained to sell the sites, which it says “offer significant cost and time-to-market advantages for a producer seeking additional capacity, or who wishes to manufacture a more diverse or advanced range of semiconductor devices.”

The first site in East Kilbride has three fab components covering nearly 22,000 sq. m of space. MD5, a 150mm/0.35-micron chipmaking facility boasting capacity of 9000 wafer starts/week, has been operational for 20 years making high-volume automotive semiconductor devices and power devices for networking and wireless communications. The site’s current layout includes 700 advanced process tools and an ~8600 sq. m. cleanroom, with expansion room for another ~1200 sq. m. Also up for sale on this site are MD3 (built in 1994, ~6000 sq. m) and MD3 (built in 1984, ~12,000 sq. m).

The other site is a 1 million sq. ft facility shell on 150 acres in Dunfermline, built in 1997 but not fully completed and never occupied. The real estate firm says “some facility infrastructure” is in place but not operational (e.g., boilers, chillers, flooring, air handling, de-ionized water and waste treatment vessels. The site was built with 200mm processing in mind, “with potential to convert to 300mm wafer processing,” according to Colliers.

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