Europe Should Build a High-Volume FD-SOI Fab, says Penn (Mannerisms)


Europe needs to build a high-volume FD-SOI fab. Malcolm Penn, CEO of Future Horizons, said this in the firm’s annual forecast meeting, reported David Manners of ElectronicsWeekly (Click here to read his article.)

Last year, European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said, “I want to double our chip production to around 20% of global production. […] It’s a realistic goal if we channel our investments properly.” (Click here for more on that story.)

To meet that goal, “The cornerstone of the European Leaders Group (ELG) report to Neelie Kroes, due in a week or two, should be the construction of a high volume FD-SOI wafer fab,” said Penn, as reported by Manners.

Despite resistance from Europe’s biggest semi players, “Building a volume production FD-SOI fab would be one of the most blatantly obvious things the ELG could do,” said Penn in the Manners piece, “it should be a cornerstone of the ELG plan. It would be a fantastic thing for them to do.”

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