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Cricket Semiconductor plans to build analogue fab in India

Posted: 07 Jul 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cricket Semiconductor  analogue fab  IESA 

According to a report in the New Indian Express, Cricket Semiconductor has been in talks with state government of Telangana to build and operate a $1 billion analogue and power semiconductor wafer fab in India. The report quoted KT Rama Rao, the state's minister of IT & communications as its source.

The talks come after Cricket Semiconductor had signed a memorandum of understanding with government of the state of Madhya Pradesh to work towards setting up an analogue fab in that state. Madhya Pradesh, capital Bhopal, is a few hundred miles north of Telangana, capital Hyderabad.

The existence of Cricket Semiconductor was first disclosed from the Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) in February 2015, which referenced the MoU signed with Madhya Pradesh. It also said that Madhya Pradesh had approved the Analogue Semiconductor Fabrication [FAB] Investment Policy, which covers support for any wafer fab investment in the state that exceeded $500 million.

The measures include free land for the building, reimbursement for the cost of building a factory shell and guaranteed water and electricity supplies at internationally competitive prices for 10 years.

But now Telangana has apparently tried to entice Cricket Semiconductor to come south to its state. "We had preliminary discussions with Cricket Semiconductor for its analogue fab unit. Our long-term plan is to bring a fab unit here," the New Indian Express quoted Rao.

Rao said Telangana was inviting companies from Taiwan and Korea to come to the state to help build up an ecosystem and is also training people and has set up a committee to rationalise taxes. "We are also offering tailor-made packages for large industries. We have to go out of the way to help companies get a competitive edge over China," the report quoted Rao.

- Peter Clarke
  EE Times

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