Chinese leading chipmaker SMIC tops out its 12-inch wafer fab in Shanghai’s Lingang Special Area
Chinese article by 王云朗
English Editor WM Zhang
12-30 17:33

By Gabby Chen

SMIC (中芯国际), China’s leading IC manufacturer, successfully completed the main structure of its 12-inch wafer fab in Lingang Special Area of Pudong in Shanghai on December 29. It is SMIC’s first such large-scale logic chip foundry built in Twin Fab method, JW Insights reported.

SMIC’s new fab is designed for 12-inch wafer fabrication with a monthly capacity of 100,000, as part of its plans for ambitious expansion.

The project was implemented by a joint venture company between SMIC and the management committee of Lingang Special Area of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, with an investment up to $8.87 billion. They reached the cooperation agreement on September 3 last year, according to SMIC’s announcement.

The joint venture company has a registered capital of $5.5 billion, of which SMIC will contribute at least 51%, and the Shanghai municipal government proposes to invest no more than 25%, the announcement noted.

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