On Dec 10, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. celebrated the opening of the line of Shanghai's first 12-inch wafer fab (SMIC Fab 8).
The line is part of the science and education project (Ke Jiao Xin Shi) promoted by the Shanghai Municipal Government to encourage productivity and competitive development.
Construction for SMIC's Fab 8 began in October 2005. Eighteen months later, in May 2007, state-of-the-art equipment was moved in and pilot production commenced in July 2007.
SMIC is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the largest and most advanced foundry in Mainland China, providing integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing service at 0.35um to 90nm and finer line technologies. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility (fab) under pilot production and three 200mm wafer fabs in its Shanghai mega-fab, two 300mm wafer fabs in its Beijing mega-fab, a 200mm wafer fab in Tianjin, and an in-house assembly and testing facility in Chengdu.