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Former Globalfoundries exec joins Indian fab project

Posted: 04 Aug 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cricket Semiconductor  fab  Globalfoundries  Aabid Husain  semiconductor industry 

Cricket Semiconductor LLC is an analogue and power pure-play fab project is being set for launch in India. It is presently making headway on multiple fronts and has hired a semiconductor industry veteran who was previously with Globalfoundries.

Aabid Husain, who was VP of worldwide business development and marketing at Globalfoundries Inc. based at its 200mm wafer fab campus in Singapore, has joined Cricket Semiconductor as chief marketing officer.

Aabid Husain

Aabid Husain

Cricket Semiconductor also has a definite location for its wafer fab, Pithampur Industrial Park on the outskirts of the city of Indore, the largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Indore happens to be Husain's birthplace. Cricket's plan is to break ground for the wafer fab at Pithampur in 2016 and to begin producing chips for customers there in 2018.

"When I was growing up I never dreamed I would be doing this sort of project in Indore but now it makes sense," said Husain. "Indore, a city of 3.2 million people, is the financial capital of Madhya Pradesh. The industrial park is well developed and it has been a special economic zone for many years, which provides benefits of tax breaks and import-export duties are waived. There are about 10 pharma companies as well as automotive companies making cars and trucks."

"However most important for a wafer fab is the provision of water and power. Madhya Pradesh is one of few states in India that can guarantee that supply," he added.

Lou Hutter

Lou Hutter

This needs to be done right.

Lou Hutter, who with Mark Howard of Indian design house Karmic launched the Cricket Semiconductor project, added that they are in discussions with a couple of prospective construction partners for the facility that are known for their work in the semiconductor industry. "This needs to be done right. The world will be watching," said Hutter.

But to get things "done right" requires money. "We're talking to a number of potential investors. This will be done by a mix of equity, debt and government subsidy," said Hutter. Even though the project has been described as a billion-dollar project Hutter said his focus has been on creating a fine-grained modular plan so that fab can be built in stages and the company can expand incrementally. "The emphasis has been on getting the initial barrier, the entry-price, down so that the fab can start."

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