Global Semiconductor Wafer Fabs

Market Information on Fabs Worldwide

Semiconductor fabs play a vital role in the semiconductor industry. Over the years, there have been sizeable investments in the building of these complex fabs. Currently, larger fabs (called MegaFabs) are being built to accommodate the increasing capacity demands by IC manufacturers.

Back in March 2006, the joint venture between Toshiba and SanDisk, Flash Partners, stated that its Fab 3 in Yokkaichi was first planned to have a capacity of 100,000 wafers per month (wpm). In July 2006, the plan was to reach 70,000 wpm by end of the second half of their fiscal year (FY) 2006. This would have made the fab, when fully ramped to 100,000 wpm, already the largest fab in the world to date.

However, Toshiba and SanDisk exceeded their previously announced plans with an even more aggressive ramp. Fab 3 reached 90,000 wpm by the end of 2006 and the plans now are for the fab to build out to 150,000 wpm by Q108. The total costs of this fab with a maximum capacity of 150,000 wpm will reach at least, according to our estimates, $7 billion.

Also, the same joint venture called Flash Alliance has planned a second Fab 4 has plans to have a capacity of more than 210,000 wpm, exceeding the capacity of Fab 3. This could drive the total cost of Fab 4 to about $9-10 billion.

Samsung is expected to ramp its 12-inch Flash fab, Line 15 in Hwasung to 90,000 wpm and Hynix is ramping up their fabs much more rapidly and ramping its 12-inch DRAM fab in Ichon and its 12-ich Flash fab in Cheongju to 80,000 wpm each. The Hynix-ST joint venture is also planning to ramp the 12-inch fab in Wuxi, China to 80,000 wpm.

Finally, IM Flash, the joint venture between Micron and Intel is also planning building fabs in Lehi and Singapore. The fab in Lehi is expected to start with first silicon in March of this year; while the fab in Singapore is expected to start ground breaking in the second quarter of this year.

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Worldwide Fab Database Reports

Our extensive line of worldwide fab database products will help you plan your forecast so that you can prepare for the growth of semiconductor fabs and generate profit for your organization.

Fab Capacity Report
This comprehensive fab capacity database contains over 1,000 records and features details by company and by fab in over 12 categories (including capacity ramps, geometries, wafer sizes, product types and regions) and covers three years – the past six quarters and projecting the next six quarters. NEW feature added starting with July 2007 publication: Capital expenditure of fabs equipping and of fabs with construction projects. Plus – summary trend charts and summary key points.

FabFutures
The full version of FabFutures contains over 200 records and features details by company in over 34 categories, (including major construction and equipment spending, capacities, geometries, product types, wafer sizes, and key milestone dates) and covers two years—past two quarters and projecting the next six quarters.

  • FabFutures LE
    The full version of FabFutures contains over 200 records and features details listed by company and by fab in over 34 categories (including major construction and equipment spending, capacity ramps, geometries, product types, wafer sizes, and key milestone dates) and covers two years – the past two quarters and projecting the next six quarters.
  • Fab Construction Monitor
    Fab Construction Monitor is a subset of the full version of FabFutures and focuses specifically on fab construction expenditures. Fab Construction Monitor contains over 100 records and features details listed by company and by fab in over 27 categories, (including theoretical full capacity, product type, and fab construction expenditures around the world) and covers two years – the past two quarters and projecting the next six quarters.
  • Fab Equipment Monitor

    Fab Equipment Monitor is a subset of the full version of FabFutures and focuses specifically on fab equipping expenditures. Fab Equipment Monitor contains over 150 records and features details listed by company and by fab in over 24 categories (including capacity ramps, geometries, product type, wafer size, and fab equipping expenditures around the world) and covers two years – the past two quarters and projecting the next six quarters.

World Fab Watch
World Fab Watch provides a snapshot of the previous quarter for all worldwide fabs and contains over 1,000 records and features details in over 42 categories.

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