Now, India to have two semicon fabs!


Finally, the Government of India has approved the establishment of a semiconductor wafer fab (fab) in India!

This is indeed heart warming news, especially for the Indian semiconductor and electronics industries. For years, India has been trying to get at least one fab up and running! Now, the dream is about to be realized!

Speaking from China, an ecstatic BV Naidu, chairman and managing director, Sagitaur Ventures, co-chairman, Karnataka ICT Grioup and former president, India Semiconductor Association (ISA) said: “This is really a fantastic news for the Indian semiconductor industry. The government has been trying to achieve this since 2008. The announcement goes as a strong signal to global community.”

Pradip Dutta, corporate VP and MD, Synopsys, said: “It is a momentous decision for the semiconductor industry and by extension the electronics industry for our country. It should lead to a level playing field for the local manufacturers and mitigate some of the disability factors. I sincerely hope the industry reacts positively to this news and this leads to a vibrant local IC design industry.”

Raghu Panicker, sales director, Mentor Graphics India, added: “For years, India has been trying to get at least one fab up and running! This has indeed been a long awaited news. Finally its not ONE, but TWO. The fabs would fuel the growth of semicon start up’s and electronics industry as a whole. It is a big step forward for the overall ESDM inititaive by IESA and government.”

Jaypee Group, IBM and Tower form one consortium. HSMC, STMicroelectronics and a Malaysian company are said to be part of the other consortium.

10 comments

  1. Where they have started, I mean the exact location in India? I am in the semiconductor industry, currently working in Singapore. Planning to move to India soon. Could you please let me know the locations they have started the fab?

  2. While this may seem like something that is 50 or more years in the future, there are currently micro-thin resistor panels that can be placed over non-conductive surfaces to create a touch screen out of anything.

  3. It is appropriate time to make a few plans for the long run and it’s time to be happy. Maybe you can write next articles relating to this article.

  4. I would never be sure until it is actually ready. Such news had come earlier also. given the cost of cutting edge fab, it is hard to imagine if any private player would invest this much in India, given the politically corrupt climate. Or else, they would be playing in nodes of the past. Still, something is better than nothing.

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