SOI wafer leader Soitec is launching a pilot line to produce FD-SOI wafers in its Singapore wafer fab (press release here). This is the first stage in beginning FD-SOI production in Singapore and providing multi-site FD-SOI substrate sourcing to the global semiconductor market.
“Our decision to launch this FD-SOI line in Singapore as well as the decision we already made to ramp up our FD-SOI production in France are based on direct customer demand,” said Paul Boudre, CEO of Soitec. “These are very important milestones for Soitec and the expanding FD-SOI ecosystem. In Singapore, we plan to get full qualification at the customer level in the first half of 2019 and then increase capacity in line with market commitment.”
Soitec reports that its investment in Singapore to launch its FD-SOI pilot line is approximately US$40 million, to be spent over a 24-month period.