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Brazil steps up semiconductor efforts

Posted: 12 Feb 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Brazil semiconductor industry  wafer fab  chip manufacturing  foundry 

Rezende, a long time engineering professor at several universities in the United States and elsewhere, said that the Brazilian parliament has already passed laws that give the president the authority to create financial incentive programmes to attract multinationals. "This is in the plan," Rezende said. "But we have to take one step after the other."

A number of contract manufacturers based in South Korea and elsewhere have facilities in a free trade zone established by Brazil in the city of Manaus. Almost all of the components they use are currently imported, Rezende said, but the Brazilian government has the authority to impose conditions requiring that a certain percentage of components they buy must be made in Brazil.

Asked if Brazil could potentially become a global semiconductor manufacturing hub, Rezende responded "Absolutely." He said that the country has made graduating more engineers a priority. While he drew important distinctions between Brazil and China—chiefly the size of the countries' respective populations—he said Brazil can graduate a proportionally comparable number of engineers. Brazil's population is about 19.00 crore (190 million), China's is over 130.00 crore (1.3 billion).


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