VLSI Sets Up Wafer Foundry with Local Startup Firm

By Julian Matthews

US semiconductor manufacturer VLSI Technology Inc is teaming up with local startup firm Wafer Technology Malaysia Sdn Bhd to set up a US$1.2 billion wafer foundry at the Kulim High-Tech Industrial Park in Kedah.

To be ready in two years, the plant will manufacture complex logic circuits on 8-inch silicon wafers using 0.35┬Ám CMOS process technology.

Wafer Technology Malaysia chairman Mohamed Saleh Ghazali said the plant, when fully operational, will process 30,000 wafers monthly mainly for export to the United States.
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