HSMC to chip in 4 bn$ for Indian fabs

I had reported in an earlier post “India outlines long awaited IC policy”, that the Indian govt.’s announcement of Special Incentives Package Scheme is likely to be followed by announcements by potential investors.

While SemIndia had already proposed investment in partnership with AMD, the latest one is from Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (HSMC), a Silicon Valley-based semiconductor company. It has announced its plans to invest over $4 billion in chip foundries in India and has roped in Infineon as its technology partner; Infineon will license its 0.13u process techno and has said that it is open to considering an equity participation ‘subject to the final contract’.

According to a study by Frost and Sullivan, the semiconductor market in India is expected to grow from $3.25 billion in 2006 to $36 billion in 2015. The Indian govt. has announced Special Incentives Package Scheme, MoUs are being signed, what is to be seen now is the implementation of these plans and the coming up of the fabcities.

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